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 iconic Rieslings - Polish Hill and Springvale - and he has almost single-handedly been responsible for the renaissance of Clare Valley Riesling. By combining a disciplined approach and decades of experience, Grosset consistently achieves the purest expression of variety and place.
The Pinot Noir comes from a single, south-facing vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills. The soils are predominantly mottled yellow course grained clays, and some quartz rich soil over sandstone. In the early 1990s, Grosset was drawn to the intriguing high-acid fruit from these sites, the second coldest place in South Australia. In terms of quality, the rewards of working with such challenging sites have proved to be substantial.
The grapes were hand picked, then crushed and de-stemmed. 40% were whole bunch fermented. Temperature controlled fermentation lasted 7-8 days and finished in French oak barriques. The wine was aged for 12 months in oak, of which 60% was new. Wine was bottled without fining and aged for one further year before release. Only 430 dozen bottles were produced.
The 2016 Grosset Pinot Noir has more exuberant aromatics than usual with bright mulberry and redcurrant complemented by floral notes. It is fresh and vibrant, wonderfully approachable with pure red cherry fruit flavours made more complex by a touch of briar. It is silky smooth and flows seamlessly through to a long finish which has a gentle grip that serves to remind us that there is cellaring potential here. It is intense, fine and lively – an excellent example of youthful Australia Pinot.
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Grosset Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2016 - fiche technique