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2016 Grosset Springvale Riesling

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2016 Grosset Springvale Riesling

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
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 seasons 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 a razor-sharp finish that glitters with hallmark Springvale chalky minerality. An undeviating finish lingers with a persistence more familiar in Polish Hill than Springvale.
2012 - 2027
Wine Taste Edition 83
Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
Lovely richness and freshness, with a bright lime and lemon nose, really scintillating and concentrated, with a terrific purity. The palate has lime and grapefruit flavour with a dense and even shape; good drive and depth here. Drinking very well now; will cellar reliably.
Good Wine Guide
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
Very fine aroma, gentle and persistent classy perfumed power purity with vitality consistent and clean appealing acid finish. In 2012 very pretty positive lifted citrus aromas with exuberance. The palate is generous round textured, lifted citrus with a fresh finishing mouth feel
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; while finely strung and articulated, is more generous-particularly on the palate-than the Polish Hill River, making it a candidate for earlier consumption, its layers of lime, lemon and apple irresistible.
To 2022
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
A fine, stylish and tightly focused riesling whose lavender-like fragrance of apple,pear and lime juice are lifted by a fragrant whiff of white flowers. It's long and supple, with piercingly fresh and translucent flavours of apple, lime and lemon supported by a fine, dusty undercarriage. It finishes long and limey, with a tangy acidity and a lemon pith-like note.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Some Clare rieslings have suffered this year but here’s proof that generalisations are pointless. A classic Grosset without one molecule out of place, singing with a fragrance of white flowers and citrus blossom. It’s poised, pure and lively, lingering with mineral structure and sensational line and length.
Wine Taste - Edition 28
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
With impressive intensity from the outset, this carries plenty of floral perfume and lemon/lime citrus, hints of fresh dark-leaf herbs and chalk. The palate's as neat as a pin, with handsome ripeness delivering fruit into the white-peach and nectarine spectrum. Flavours carry long and true on a handsome acid line. It's no wonder Jeffrey Grosset rates this vintage so highly.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Springvale was picked at the perfect moment in this warm vintage to capture a pristine bouquet of lifted lemon and lime blossom and Pink Lady Apples. The palate has great poise, precision and persistence, albeit with a little more expression and richness at this age than the 2009. This won't be the longest-lived Watervale but it shows all the discipline that we love from Grosset.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; a generous bouquet and palate, with ripe citrus and tropical aromas and flavours; impeccable line, length and balance. Offers much now, yet more in the future.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Particularly stylish, with remarkable length and focus. Deeply layered and structured, its crystal-bright bouquet is scented with pear-drop and apple, lavender and white flowers backed by undertones of spice. Long and dusty, with a juicy presence of bright pear, apple and citrusy fruit, it's tightly supported by a fine dusty chalkiness, culminating in a profoundly persistent and truly dry finish punctuated by brittle acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
These rich wines faithfully capture the spice-like note to the fleshy pineapple stone fruit florals which Watervale generally shows.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Fragrant lime, herb and spice aromas lead into an incisive and tightly focused palate, with delicious lime and green apple fruit coursing through to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
These wines faithfully capture the clove like spice note to the rich florals which Watervale generally shows.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A supremely elegant, finely composed and balanced riesling with a lifted floral perfume of lime and lemon backed by chalky undertones. It's classically presented, with a long, smooth and deeply layered palate with almost a fatty core of unctuous bright crystalline and candied citrus rind flavour underpinned by a fine, slatey texture. It finishes quite streamlined and dry, with admirable austerity but a lingering presence of vibrant, concentrated flavour.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
These wines faithfully capture the clove-like spice note to the rich florals which Watervale generally shows.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A slightly more effusive bouquet than the Polish Hill, the expressive lime juice fruit flavours likewise making this wine ready right from the word go, without compromising its ability to age
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
These wines faithfully capture the clove like spice note to the rich florals which Watervale generally shows.
Rob Geddes MW
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
These wines faithfully capture the clove like spice note to the rich florals which Watervale generally shows.
Rob Geddes MW
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A stylish and tightly presented riesling with balance, brightness and focus. Its pristine perfume of lime juice and lemon rind reveals undertones of tropical fruit and stonefruit. Laced with suggestions of melon and peach, its fine, taut and minerally palate is underpinned by fine, powdery phenolics, delivering almost an opulent expression of primary citrus-like flavour. Terrific persistence and chalkiness; a top effort.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
Grosset Watervale Lime blossoms, fragrant, tightly structured with a burst of acidity. Great persistence. A star.
The Courier Mail, 2006 2006
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Brilliant length, brilliant regional typicity, aflame with lime and slate and ringing with spices and tropical fruit flourishes and various other exotic temptations. Gorgeously pure and clean and long, ready to rip from now.
Winefront Monthly, 2005 2005
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; spotlessly clean; classic Clare with great finesse and length; lime/tropical fruit; balanced acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Punchy floral aromas of lime juice and minerals, with perfumed, musky and lightly tropical undertones. Racy and assertive, up-front and concentrated, it's unusually luscious and thickly coated, becoming almost syrupy before its profound cut of mineral acidity. Lacking the length of fruit for greatness, but hardly short of flavour and presence.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Typically perfumed, fragrant aromas of ripe guava, mango and citrus fruits with a whiff of stone-fruit and lemon zest. Tangy, long and austere, with a rich, juicy palate bursting with vibrant fruit. Underneath lies a slightly phenolic backbone, while racy acids tie it neatly together. There were two bottlings of this wine in 2000, of which the Stelvin-sealed version is marginally inferior, but likely to live slightly longer.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Intense aromas with more lime juice than usual; the palate follows the bouquet, with more weight and richness, particularly to the tropical/lime back palate. Dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; the bouquet is intense, yet not exuberant, with some slate and spice aromas still in the course of the earliest stages of development; the long, clean and vibrant palate has crisp apple and lime flavours accompanied by excellent acidity. As often happens, is showing more in its youth than the Polish Hill, but in the course of time the positions will likely reverse.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says
Lime confectionary linseed like, fresh paint to bees wax and leather polish. Very good definition to the acid fruit length and good line layered finish. Tad phenolic, nice mouth watering finish prettyness.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Fresh cut apple/apple blossom aromas with hints of spice and lime meld into a lime-accented palate with great mouthfeel, its impact building progressively through to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light to medium green-yellow; a crisp, clean bouquet which is utterly classic Clare Valley, minerally and less exuberant than the Polish Hill of the same year. The palate is lively and lingering, with more citrus fruit showing than in the bouquet; very good balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Glowing yellow-green; as ever, a pure and intense celebration of Clare Riesling with lime, citrus and a hint of mineral on the bouquet. The palate is perfectly balanced, again showing pure varietal fruit character, with fine lime, citrus and herb flavours; perfectly balanced, with a lingering finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; vibrant lime, spice and herb aromas on the bouquet announce a wine with an almost fleshy feel in the mouth, with glorious mid to back palate weight; typically elegant, yet very long.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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