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Grosset

www.grosset.com.au

King Street, Auburn, 5451

Cellar Door: Wed-Sun (10 -5) from first week of Sept for around six weeks till they sell out

Ph: (08) 8849 2175

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While the grapes come from Watervale and Polish Hill in the Clare Valley, and also the Adelaide Hills, the cellar door is located at the southern tip of the Clare Valley in the town of Auburn (photo: genxywines with my trusty bike)

Grosset is seen by many in the wine industry as Australia's finest Riesling producer. It was established in 1981 by Jeffrey Grosset, with the cellar door located in the historic township of Auburn in the southern tip of the Clare Valley. However, the Clare Valley grapes come from Watervale and the highest part of the Polish Hill River Valley.

Grosset worked at Lindemans before setting up in a small stone winery that specialises in a lmited portfolio of wines (two dry Rieslings and one off-dry Riesling, Chardonnay, Semillon-Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and a Bordeaux-style red blend, Gaia.

The Picadilly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir come from the cooler parts of the Adelaide Hills.

Apparently some Fiano is on the way but the vines are not mature enough yet.

Influential US wine critic Robert Parker Jr has described recent vintages as “the finest Riesling I have ever tasted from Australia” and Wine and Spirit (US) rated the Polish Hill vineyard in its '25 Great Vineyards of the World'.

There’s a lot more we could say but the message is clear - these are some of the finest Rieslings in Australia.

The cellar door is only for a few week of the year. Make sure you allow plenty of time when you visit the cellar door - Jeffrey provides meticulous informal tutorials for those who can appreciate the elegance of these wines.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2017

Purchased: ($54)

Drink: 2019 or 2037 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2018, quite floral and intense lime, lemon barley and pear with lavender and wax notes, flinty, talcy and very long with firm and precise acidity for long haul cellaring but is a little less estery at this stage of development compared with some recent vintages (*****)

Grosset Springvale Riesling 2017,

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2019 or 2028 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2018, †the Watervale vineyard is now 17 years old, floral and moderately intense lemon sherbet, lime and granny smith apple with white flower notes, chalky with some shaley mineral notes, firm tangy orange peel nuanced acidity and good persistence (****1/2)

Grosset Alea Riesling 2017

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2028

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2018, from the organic certified Rockwood vineyard in Watervale, bordering on the off-dry and inspired by German Kabinett style, floral and spicy white peach and lime with gingery spices and white flower notes, the slight sweetness ifs balanced by the mouth watering acidity, the longer, milder vintage in 2017 has benefitted this style (****1/2)

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2014

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, South Melbourne ($52)

Drink: 2017 or 2023+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting:: Oct 2015, I held back opening this one after the rather youthful estery 2013 release, this has a rather closed nose with the expected lime cordial, lemon sherbet, apple, lanolin and slate flavours, the line and length are only moderate, despite the pedigree and near perfect scores given by other writers this is a fairly ordinary release for the sub-region (****)

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2016 or 2025+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, a return to purity after the estery 2013 release, fragrant and tightly wound lime pulp, white nectarine, lemon grass and granny smith apple with citrus blossom and lavender florals, very good length and finishes with the sub-regionís slatiness and persistent acidity (*****)

Grosset Springvale Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, fragrant, pure and fairly concentrated lime zest, white nectarine and lemon barley with rose petal and lemon blossom notes, talcy and quinine-like minerals run down the backbone (*****)

Grosset Alea Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, restrained and verging on off-dry granny smith apple, lemon curd and tangerine with some herb notes but modest spiciness for the style, some succulence but overshadowed by the dry-off-dry German Rieslings (Pfalz and Rheinhessen) I was tasting alongside this (****)

Grosset Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($31)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2013, this is a blend of 70% Clare Valley Semillon with 30% Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc, this is full of the tangy, bright lemons, melon and limes from the Semillon with the Sauvignon Blanc bringing passionfruit, herbs and racy acidity, flinty with a lightly waxy texture and excellent length, well balanced blend (****1/2)

Grosset Alea Off Dry Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2013, in this hot, early vintage it was the Alea that shone out for me over its two more famous dry Riesling stable mates, this is a little drier than usual at 12 gms/l residual sugar, floral and spicy limes and granny smith apples with apricot and citrus blossom notes, chalky with a wet slate finish and powdery phenolics, well judged acidity, lovely open aperitif style (****1/2)

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($47)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2013, reflecting the hot vintage this is a rather open, early developing release showing an estery core of tangy limes and pears with dried herb and citrus blossom notes, more chalky than the pronounced slatiness of the 2012, the Polish Hill structure is there but the nose is rather dominated by ripe banana esters I havenít seen to this extent in the Polish Hill at this stage even in the drought year releases, arguably these may dissipate with further bottle evolution but I can only score on what is before me (****)

Grosset Springvale Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2013, brightly flavoured, open and slightly estery passionfruit, lime and lemon sherbert with white flower and citrus blossom notes, chalky palate has good length and finishes with powdery phenolics and tangy lemon rind acidity with a lick of wet slate (****)

Grosset Gaia 2010

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2013, blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc from the regionís highest altitude winery, leafy, blackcurrant essence, mulberry and blackberry with complex violet, sage, eucalypt and forest floor notes, expansive and slightly tarry medium-full bodied palate is infused with grainy tannins, the oak brings some caramel /dark chocolate/cedar to the finish (****)

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, as usual this is precise and slaty, perfumed lime rind, lemon and granny smith apple with white flower, dried herb and lavender notes, minerally texture, very long and tightly coiled structure with pithy grapefruit acidity, a touch more open than the 2011 but will have a long, cellaring life (*****)

Grosset Springvale Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink:

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, broader than the Polish Hill but snaps back into precise focus and balance on the finish, and linear, floral and intense lemon pith, nectarine and lime with rose petal and jasmine notes, chalky quinine-like minerality, backbone of grapefruit acidity gives this plenty of drive, seems more open at this stage of development than the 2011 (****1/2)

Grosset Alea Off Dry Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink:

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, sourced from a vineyard next to the Springvale vineyard at Watervale, the third commercial release is on the margin between dry and off-dry, crunchy and slightly broad granny smith apple and lime palate with tangerine, apricot and dried basil nuances, tangy citrus acids nicely balance the modest sweetness (****)

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2011

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melb ($42)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, the highest rated Riesling in the Halliday Top 100 Wines and this is something for the dry Riesling purist, pristine lime rind, lemon and green apple with white flower, dried herb and lavender notes, sleek and tightly controlled structure with a lingering wet slate, brine and grapefruit finish, has the balance and drive to develop superbly (*****)

Grosset Springvale Watervale Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2013 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, not as steely at the Polish Hill but mild vintage conditions have led to a Springvale that is almost and tightly focussed and linear, floral and intense granny smith apple, nectarine and lime with acacia and lavender notes, expressive quinine-like minerality and chalky phenolics,† the persistent acid backbone has extra drive and grip this year without undermining the overall balance (*****)††

Grosset Off Dry Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, the second commercial release of the off-dry (16 gms/l residual sugar loosely in a halbtrocken style) after several attempts that the winemaker deemed to be too sweet, sourced from a vineyard next to the Springvale vineyard at Watervale, fairly restrained nose leads into a generous and slightly broad red apple, chalk and lime palate with lemon blossom and basil nuances, nicely integrated tropical fruit sweetness, lingering, tangy citrus acids (****)

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($44)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, I was surprised that the wine was so open and developed this early given the vintage, slatey and lively yellow apple, lime rind and tropical fruit, very long and infused with very fine minerality and tightly wound tangy grapefruit acidity, a well judged wet stone finish, a very good wine but it seems to me that it will develop earlier than some other vintages (****1/2)

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2009

Purchased: Randalls, Albert Park, Vic ($44)

Drink: 2011 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, a little more open and approachable in its infancy than the 2008 but is still beautifully taut, structured and long, lime, pristine green apple, pear and rose petals, slaty and chalky mineral backbone infused through the palate, lingering citric acids, there have been better vintages but this is still a five star wine (*****)

Grosset Springvale Watervale Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2011 or 2018 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, unlike the Polish Hill this is looking tauter than usual so the two are less far apart stylistically this vintage, long and intense with piercing lime and lemon rind with delicate chalky minerality and a touch of musk, doesnít have the usual mid-palate Watervale plumpness, long slaty finish with vibrant grapefruit acidity (*****)

Grosset Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, blend of 55% Clare Valley Semillon with 45% Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc, intensely flavoured and tangy passionfruit, guava and stonefruit with lemon zest coming through on the back half, chassis of schisty minerality with a fresh citric acid finish, plenty of poise and length (****1/2)

Grosset Gaia 2006

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting, Oct 2009, from a windswept vineyard near the highest point of the region (570m), blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, long, briary and savoury with dark plum, redcurrant with roast meat, black olive and sage nuances, medium bodied and earthy with lingering and firm grainy tannins, well judged oak brings a touch of cedar and dark chocolate (****)

Grosset Springvale Watervale Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, floral nose, tangy lime and passionfruit that is underpinned with stonefruit and lemon rind acidity, the palate is generous and a little up front compared to the finesse of the very best vintages, stylish talc-like texture on the finish (****)

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2008

Purchased: Randalls, Albert Park, Vic ($44)

Drink: 2010 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2009, the best since 2002ís exceptionally mild vintage, impeccably tightly structured with very long, intense and cleanly defined lime kaffir, green apple and rose petals, cystalline mineral backbone set in finely chalky background, lingering grapefruit acids on the bone-dry finish (*****)

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2007

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2010 or 2017+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2007, careful fruit thinning has kept the standard in this difficult drought year, tightly structured and lean lime, apple and lemon blossom with steely/ shisty character, the defining steeliness and racy acid character have been slightly muted by the vintage conditions but is still a balanced, linear and tightly coiled wine (****)

Grosset Springvale Watervale Riesling 2007

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2009 or 2015+ if you like it toasty
(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2007, the addition of Springvale to the label acknowledges that for the last 3 vintages the fruit is sourced from a single vineyard in the north-east corner of the Watervale subregion, only just released so it was a bit closed, taut but tangy lime with lemon citrus and stone fruit acidity, tightly structured mineral base with talc-like phenolics, should open up nicely in the citrus and tropical fruit spectrum despite the difficult drought vintage (****)

Grosset Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2007, blend of Clare Valley Semillon and Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc, tangy lychee, gooseberry and passionfruit underpinned with lemon rind acidity and steely mineralty, very dry with subtle nutty oak, good length (****)

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, austere nose, tight but zesty lime and lemon blossom on steely backbone and stern acid, dry minerally finish, this one needs time to unlock the power but is still drinking well now (****1/2)

Grosset Watervale Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, vibrant floral nose, lime and lemon blossom flavours, palate is focussed and deep but slightly more forward than usual, slatey backbone, dry zingy finish with good length (****)

Grosset Watervale Riesling 2004

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($34)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2005, pale green-yellow, perfumed nose, one of the classic expressions of the Clare Valley lime/tropical fruit style, rich and luscious mid-palate make it appealing even though it is still quite young, balancing mineral acidity but just not quite enough to make it perfect (****1/2)

Grosset Gaia 2002

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($55)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2005, Bordeaux-style blend, Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Cabernet Franc (15%) and Merlot (10%), focuused blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit, mint, black pepper and and some dried herbal notes, fine and balanced tannins and oaking, needs time to unfold (****)

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2003

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($38)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2004, intense citrussy and musky nose, soft lime and lemon juice on top of slatey base, perfectly balanced acidity, dry finish, great mouthfeel, lives up to its iconic status (****1/2)