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Grosset Wines Alea Off-Dry Clare Valley Riesling

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Now with it's own vineyard name (like the Springvale and Polish Hill), this off-dry Grosset Riesling continues to look more impressive every year, the balance better, the sweetness more integrated. In other words, it's one impressive semi sweet Clare Riesling that just keeps getting better.

Winemaker's Notes

There are lime juice flavours, a hint of lemon and a beautifully balanced long generous palate that leads to a gentle grip and zingy dry finish. “The Alea has come of age” says Jeff. “This vintage is a fraction drier than previous releases and is wonderfully complex while remaining delicate and perfectly balanced. We put this down to equal measures of vineyard maturity and experience.”

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Grosset Wines Alea Off-Dry Clare Valley Riesling

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
I cannot recall any set of Australian aromatic wines as consistently breathtaking as Jeffrey Grosset’s 2012 releases. His off-dry riesling, named Alea for the first time, showcases fruit captured at the most exacting point in its ripeness to deliver the glories of pristine kaffir lime, crunchy granny smith apple and pure lemon zest. Such is the assuredness of structure and acidity here that sugar becomes a minor player in the ultimate impression, carrying succulence and balance rather than any overt sense of sweetness, persevering long into the finish, with slate-like structure and enduring fruit presence.
2012 - 2014 or 2017 - 2027
Wine Taste Edition 83
95
Campbell Mattinson (2012 Vintage) says
Grosset’s “off-dry” riesling is now to be called Alea – from the Alea vineyard, planted in 2000 in red loam on hard red rock. Alea is named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, courage and agriculture.

It’s off-dry but it’s not overly sweet – you almost have to be told that it’s off-dry, such is the wine’s general strictness. In any case it helps give the wine a lovely sense of style. Lime and ripe apple, lime rind and (whispers of) tangerine. There’s almost a leafy kaffir lime character here – whatever it is, this added note is distinctly part of the wine’s charm. The best of the Grosset off-dry riesling releases to date. Harmonious.
The Wine Front, 16 September
91
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; perfect balance allows the sweetness and acidity to engage in foreplay before the real business of the palate gets underway; once again, Jeffrey Grosset proves his mastery of all aspects of Riesling.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
96
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Best ever! OK, so the 2010 was the first, but I adore it and the 2011 is even more pristine, pure and immaculate. Subtle, impeccably gauged sweetness and delightful, lingering minerality. An intricately crafted wine that should come with a warning: once you start it’s impossible to put down your glass.
Wine Taste - Edition 28 2011
95
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
The wheel has turned full circle with this vibrantly juicy and penetrating wine (looking back to the early 1970s), the fruit reluctantly yielding to crisp acidity on the finish and lingering aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Peter Forrestal (2010 Vintage) says
This is a new style of riesling made by Jeffrey Grosset… where 16g of residual sugar is balanced by refreshing vibrant acidity. There is essence of lime and a touch of mid-palate sweetness before taut drying acidity cleanses and refreshes. An Australian classic in the making
Qantas Inflight Magazine Choice 1, 2010 2010
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Well, it's nice to see this Grosset offering in the growing off-dry movement of Australian riesling, and it's every bit as good as you'd expect of these experienced hands. Smells unmistakably of the Clare Valley, with rich lime and background spice; some more exotic fruits in the mix too. The palate has piercing, crisp green-apple and lime-juice flavour, with a nice sizzling train of gentle sweetness and crisp acid lingering in place neatly. Beautifully struck balance.
The Good Wine Guide 2011

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