Erin Larkin for James Halliday's Wine Companion, 95 points. Bright pale straw with green hues. Lifted aromas of blossom, citrus and subtle yellow fruits. The palate is energetic and textured with citrus juice flavours. #JAN
Alea ... the pretty, sweet thing in the family. Behind the incredibly attractive facade lies a complex, layered and wonderful wine that consists of exotic spice, citrus fruits and saline acidity, all shaped by fine, chalky structure. This '21 iteration is a precise and restrained version of itself, showing length, elegance and most importantly, supreme deliciousness. 96 points. Erin Larkin Published 16 May 2022. With its first vintage in 2012, ‘Alea’ is the most recent of the Grosset rieslings. The result of three years of painstaking experimentation in the vineyard, it is made in the style of the rieslings of Germany and Austria. While...
Wine Advocate 94+. The 2022 Alea Riesling is made from fruit grown at the Grosset Rockwood vineyard. This is the off-dry Riesling in the lineup, and I can tell you now, the sugar, the phenolics and the acidity are in a textural mesh of harmony in the mouth. There is a cross-hatch component to the mouthfeel, and it suspends the fruit over the tongue and out over the long finish. This is a really smart, composed, long (at this stage, quiet) and concentrated example of Clare Valley Riesling, proving Jeff Grosset is the master of the craft still. Yum. Drink by 2037. This vintage the distinct character of our vineyard at Watervale has been...
Toni Paterson: "Exquisite, pure citrus aromas. The palate is wildly intense with perfectly integrated acidity and palate softness. There is a pleasing tang at the front, followed by a focused, gently textural, sweet-lemon middle. The mineral core running through the wine is simply captivating. Magic." 96 points.
Awards: Langton Classification VII: Rated ‘Excellent’ Wine Ark: One of Australia’s ‘Ten Most Collected White Wines’ Reviews: Tyson Stelzer, WBM, November/December 2020 Jeff Grosset describes the volume of his 40th vintage as ‘woeful’, with drought inflicting his lowest yields in three decades. To achieve his signature pinpoint accuracy under such circumstances is monumental indeed. All the fragrant apple blossom, fresh lemon and crunchy granny smith apple that we love of Springvale are here in full measure, impeccably energised by focussed acidity. 93 points. Erin Larkin, erinlarkin.com.au, August 2020 Lime zest, pith,...
James Suckling 97 points. A piercing wine that has such intense and focused lime fruit, as well as sweetly fragrant floral notes. Spellbinding intensity to the nose here. The palate sings with clarity and bright, vivid acidity drives pure lime-juice flavors long and fresh. Full of energy and a real powerhouse. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
James Halliday Wine Companion, 95 points. Certified organic and biodynamic. A high-tension, fragrant Springvale release. Bright, floral perfume of lime blossom, ozone, blackcurrant and green apple. A strong spectrum of citrus flavours are the currency here: lemon, lime and a squirt of pulpy grapefruit zing with a faintly yeasty, almond-like character to finish. Quiet complexity and vitality are writ large here. Excellent. 95 points. Mike Bennie Published 13 September 2022. Wine Advocate 95+. Coiled. That's what this 2022 Springvale Riesling is. It's like a compressed spring, waiting for release. The fruit is from the Springvale vineyard and...
James Halliday Wine Companion 92 points. A regional stalwart, always offering good value. Quince, pink grapefruit, spa salts and lemon zest, careening along a structural meld of talcy chew and bright acidity. Relaxed in the regional context. Nothing too shrill. Ned Goodwin MW Published 01 August 2020. WINERY NOTES: Hand selected parcels were chosen from across our famed Golden Hillside vineyards, including the original Mort’s Block Vineyard that started it all. 100% Watervale fruit, only minutes from the Kilikanoon winery. Pale straw in appearance with brilliant clarity and youthful green tints. Lifted Riesling profile; lemon curd, hints...
High-toned blossom/flower scents fill the bouquet. The palate is juicy with Rose's lime juice and crisp, clear acidity to give balance now and join forces with the fruit as the wine gains texture and complexity with prolonged cellaring. Max & Me 2021 ‘Mirooloo Road’ is from grapes grown by Michael Mason on his Flaxman Valley vineyard. The site (on Mirooloo Road) is cool, with a southerly aspect. Natural yield restraint occurs due to the limited fertility and soil-depth of the quartz and mica schist with shallow underlain sandstone bedrock. Pick date: 04/03/2021. An idyllic growing season preceded Vintage 21. Winter 20 gave good rainfall...
O'Leary Walker Wines was established in 2000 by winemakers David O'Leary and Nick Walker. With over twenty five years experience and established reputations making premium wine with the big companies, these two long time friends decided to take control of their own destiny and craft small batches of wine from some of the best vineyard sites in South Australia. With a great leap of faith they are now doing exactly what they set out to. "The 20th vintage and what a cracker it was in Clare. This is distinctly finer and more delicate than the Watervale wine from this vintage. It really reflects this outstanding area. Has a pronounced bath salts...
Jeni Port 96 points. A natural cool beauty, Watervale combines stunning aromatics – apple blossom, white flowers – with lingering aromas of Tahitian lime, lemon, grapefruit. Citrus and talc florals work hand in hand here. Soft, textural acidity offers a solid foundation for the brisk lemony brightness and lime cordial intensity of the fruit. And it lasts and lasts on a long, clean finish. Guess you might say I fell hard for this young riesling. A classic riesling vintage in the Clare Valley is a thing to behold. Excellent drinking now, it will be a pleasure to follow its journey. Date Tasted: October 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2033;Rating: 96...
JAMES SUCKLING, 92 points. Preserved lemons, apple pastries, fresh herbs and white pepper are all on display. Medium body, plenty of fleshy stone fruit, driven but not overpowering acidity and a textured finish. Drink now.JS. COLOUR Pale lemon. AROMA Complex and lively aromas of fresh lime, candied lemon peel, bath salts and white flowers. PALATE The finely focused palate displays juicy fruit flavours of fresh lemon, lime and orchard fruits, along with delicate spice and a detailed, talcy minerality. Soft but racy acidity gives the wine an energetic feel and a long, lingering finish. This wine offers fresh and crisp drinking enjoyment in its...
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