"So all you do is stop the fermentation, leaving a dialled-cup number of g/l of residual sugar? No, this is truly rocket science precision to all the measurable components of the fermenting juice which is in turn of the highest quality. Then you are able to make a divine nectar of this not quite dry, not quite sweet wine. Its circle of pure riesling flavours run alongside mouthwatering acidity. In its style, it is perfection". 97 points, Australian Wine Companion 2018, James Halliday, 11 Sep 17
Jeffrey Grosset established his winery in 1981 in the historic township of Auburn, Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide. The winery is stylish and functional and reflects the attention to detail that extends to the Grosset estate-owned vineyards and winemaking. Jeff is best known for his Rieslings which have shown a consistency of style and quality, making this one of Australia’s greatest wineries. By combining a disciplined approach and decades of experience, Grosset consistently achieves the purest expression of variety and place.
The 'Alea' Riesling comes from a narrow corridor of hard red rock with poor, orangey, red loam topsoil in the Grosset Rockwood Vineyard at Watervale. As the early fruit from the vineyard reminded Jeff of the great German Rieslings, he decided to take a very different approach to the creation of 'Alea'. The aim was to make a wine generous, succulent and long.
2017 is Grosset's third consecutive outstanding vintage. This makes 2017, 2016 and 2015 the best run of seasons they have ever experienced. The 2017 vintage was a full month later than the previous two. It was almost European in character with much higher rainfall during the growing season.
All grapes were hand-picked and vines hand pruned, shoot thinned and fruit thinned where necessary. Only free run juice was used. The juice was racked off the lees and inoculated with neutral yeast to maintain focus on natural fruit characters and expression of place. The wine was fermented to 10.7 g/L residual sugar and bottled without fining.
The 'Alea' has intense lemongrass and lime juice characters which follow through onto the palate. The flavours are intensely concentrated, powerful and show incredible depth. The vibrant natural acidity balances the subtle sweetness and lingers long and dry on the finish.