Grosset, Alea Clare Valley Riesling 2020 (1x75cl)
Grape Variety: Riesling
Region: Clare Valley, South Australia
Bottle Size: 75cl
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Product Code: AUSO0406B20S
Awarded a mammoth 98 points and Exceptional status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2021 article on producer, Grosset (see blue link below).
Grosset, Alea Clare Valley Riesling 2020 - February 2021 Decanter review
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.
Harvest took place between 3rd to 6th March. 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 9.5g/litre residual sugar and bottled without fining.
Residual sugar is 9.5g/litre, so just into the off-dry region.
In 2020, the aromatics of the Grosset Alea Riesling appear to be much more in the dried herb spectrum, reminiscent more of white flowers than the intense lemon, lime characters that we’ve come to expect of the youthful wine. On the palate, the concentration from the low yields is evident. There’s a wonderful purity and intensity of lemon, lime flavours which are washed along by marvellous natural acidity. The finish is tight, powerful, long and satisfying.
Ageing potential: First vintage was 2012, so as yet unknown for certain; probably 15 years.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.