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Grosset Wines Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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Forget what you know about Semillon Sauvignon Blends as Jeffrey Grosset has crafted an absolute beauty made with Clare Valley Semillon and Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is often referred to by those in the wine trade as one of the country’s very best examples of the style. We can’t disagree because the aromas are so attractive with an amazing fruit profile of tangerine and nectarine. The flavours on the palate reveal guava, grapefruit and lime all held in place by a taut structure. Intense in the glass, this wine just gets better and better and the zesty acids make it an excellent choice with Asian based dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

This popular modern style is dominated by a raft of outstanding whites from Margaret River. Especially in recent times, there’s been a great deal of work being done there by producers pushing the boundaries of the style. However, as the 2013 vintage reinforces, there is nothing quite like the Grosset Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. We would hardly disagree with the sentiment that it’s the market leader.

The blend of estate-grown Clare semillon (70%) and single-site Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc (30%) produces a unique semillon sauvignon blanc bringing together the best of both varieties and both regions. In 2013, there’s substance and body from the Clare semillon with thrilling, nervy, nectarine and white flower blossom and tight, coiled and marvellously intense white peach flavours from the Adelaide Hills sauvignon.

At this time, it’s still so youthful and primal with full-throttle white peach and nectarine flavours driving the mid-palate. It’s tight and mouth-pucking with pronounced zippy acidity that is crisp, clean and refreshing leaving a dry, schisty aftertaste. Expect it to show more minerally characters with some time in bottle while still remaining tantalisingly fruit-driven. It’s so delicious young that only those who forget that they have some in the cellar will see it with any maturity. No doubt, it’ll be pretty attractive still. But not better than it will be over the next twelve months.

Jeff thought the 2012 one of his best-ever Sem Sauv Blanc and this is unquestionably as good as the previous vintage. Hallmarks of the 2013 are its purity of fruit, its finesse and delicacy, inspite of its powerful flavours, as well as a vibrant tangy quality that lingers.

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Grosset Wines Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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Tyson Stelzer (2013 Vintage) says
The 21st release of Grosset SSB is perhaps the most stunningly pure and fragrant under this label yet. The precision of lemon blossom, lime zest and granny smith apple is breathtaking, and there’s no hint of a seam between Clare Valley semillon and Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc. Brilliantly floral and delightfully fresh, with a bright straw green hue and fine chalk mineral texture, there isn’t a molecule of detail out of place here. It’s very, very nearly worthy of 96 points. Be quick as only 700 dozen were made, much less than usual.
Wine Taste Edition 128
Jeremy Oliver (2013 Vintage) says
A pure, almost essential wine with delicate, intriguing complexity. Its lightly tropical fragrance of passionfruit, gooseberries, melon and lemon rind reveals slightly smoky, mineral and meaty undertones. Long and brightly lit'its superbly focused palate delivers a brilliantly vital, translucent expression of fruit underpinned by a fine dustiness, finishing with a brittle cut of lemony acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Such is the pristine purity of this vintage that even a little time in old oak for the first time does nothing to interrupt its unreservedly honed focus and consummate control. Its fruit is immaculate, perfumed with pink grapefruit blossom, zesty with lime, even flamboyant with stone fruits, golden delicious apples and passionfruit. Signature Grosset structure of finely mineral, chalky texture, well-poised acidity and outstanding persistence confirm a benchmark 20th release for this label.
2012 - 2013
Wine Taste Edition 83
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bright Straw-green; as ever, a tour de force of winemaking, with a seamless union between the lemon juice of the Clare Semillon and the kiwifruit and lychee of the Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc; oak has been used as a vehicle, and comprehensively absorbed by the wine.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Vivid bright quartz-green; the bouquet is fresh and spotlessly clean, but as at August '11 it was the palate that captured command, with sparkling lemon/grass/citrus ex the semillon, and perfectly integrated pink grapefruit and passionfruit ex the sauvignon blanc.
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
An outstanding Grosset, with more focused minerality and restrained fruit profile than ever. It's a pure, fine and mineral wine with subtle lemon blossom aromatics and a very fine, river pebble minerality. Nuances or grapefruit and Granny Smith Apples lurk below the surface. This is the new age of ethereal SSB.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
There are no surprises here, just the usual immaculately crafted and balanced wine, with grassy citrus notes balanced by tropical white peach nuances.
Australian Wine Companion, 2012 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A typically rich and complex wine, with a panoply of aromas and flavours running through from start to finish, but it is the lively farewell of ripe, citrus-flavoured acidity that is special.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
As ever, a totally delicious and beautifully moulded mouthful of wine, the two components seamlessly woven in a citrus/stone fruit web tied up with gentle acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
As ever, totally immaculate handling of oak and fruit alike; a seamless flow of gentle citrus and herb flavours through the long palate and finish
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Intense herb, spice, and asparagus aromas; a beautifully flavoured and structured palate, building fruit intensity all the way through to the long finish. Clare Semillon/Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Lively, pristine aromas of gooseberry and green apple introduce a wine which literally dances on the tongue through to a long finish. All class.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the fragrant bouquet has a mix of blossom, gooseberry and citrus aromas; the palate is intense and long, with impeccable balance in terms of both fruit flavours and acidity; neither has nor needs oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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