The most recent addition to the Grosset portfolio, the Off-dry Riesling will now be known as Alea (pronounced Ah-lee-uh), the name of the vineyard from which it is sourced.
In different languages, Alea mean ‘high, ‘exalted’, ‘to ascend’, and is associated with Athena, who in Greek mythology was Zeus’ daughter and the goddes of wisdom, courage and agriculture. As with the expression ‘Catherine the Great’, the epithet often used when talking about the Greek goddess, was Athena Alea.
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I cannot recall any set of Australian aromatic wines as consistently breathtaking as Jeffrey Grosset’s 2012 releases. His off-dry riesling, named Alea for the first time, showcases fruit captured at the most exacting point in its ripeness to deliver the glories of pristine kaffir lime, crunchy granny smith apple and pure lemon zest. Such is the assuredness of structure and acidity here that sugar becomes a minor player in the ultimate impression, carrying succulence and balance rather than any overt sense of sweetness, persevering long into the finish, with slate-like structure and enduring fruit presence.
Rating 95 - Drink: 2012-2014 or 2017-2027, Tyson Stelzedr, Wine Taste Weekly Edition 83, (24/AUG/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
As you’d expect from such a great vintage, the 2012 Grosset Alea is an exemplary wine.
Barely sweet enough to be rated off-dry it is fresh, bright and vibrant with mid-palate softness, a whisper of lingering sweetness, and a crisp, dry lime juice acidity that provides the wine with balance. There is succulence, tight structure, plenty of power, and a delicious lingering aftertaste.
It is just a touch drier but otherwise very similar to last year’s Off-dry, and a wonderfully different expression of the variety when compared to the Springvale and Polish Hill.
A wine of substance, suited but certainly not limited to dishes of Asian influence.
Enjoy now, or cellar up to ten years.