This single site riesling is sourced from the 8 ha estate vineyard off Springvale Road at one of Watervale’s highest elevations. The Grosset Riesling from Watervale continues to surprise in blind tastings by moving closer in quality terms to its Polish Hill sibling.
In 2012, although both show tightness and minerality there’s a (relative) plumpness to the Springvale and a slightly softer, more seductive texture that suggests many will prefer it in its youth to the slightly more austere Polish Hill.
- SA - Clare Valley
- South Australia
There is much to revere in the Springvales of recent seasons, some vintages delivering unremitting control and exacting precision, others exemplifying inherent fruit power and concentration. Only the greatest season deliver both. Even in its extreme youth, there’s no doubt that 2012 will go down among the finest Springvales of all. As pure and precise as ever, its incisive fruit definition and inherent concentration of signature granny smith apple, kaffir lime and spice pull into razor-sharp finish that glitters with hallmark Springvale chalky minerality. An undeviating finish lingers with a persistence more familiar in Polish Hill than Springvale.
Rating 96 - 2012-2014 or 2014-2027. Tyson Stelzer, (24/AUG/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2012 Grosset Springvale Riesling is a wonderful balancing act placing restrained and savoury minerally slatey characters in a juxtaposition with intense, pristine flavours of lemon zest and lime juice; delicate white flower and talc aromatics contrast with tightness of structure, full-throttle power, and dry zingy acidity. At this stage, it appears the tightest and most ageworthy of the Springvale Rieslings.
Enjoy now, or cellar five to twelve years.