Grosset Springvale Riesling 2015
There are attractive lime and lemon blossom aromas with an underlying chalky minerality; a supple mid-palate showing more generosity than its sibling, yet tight and fine, leading to an expressive finish that is vibrant, crisp and has wonderful length. It‘s neatly balanced, minerally and delightfully dry.
The hilltop sited ‘Springvale’ is the highest (460 metres) and coolest vineyard in the Watervale sub-region. Planted on red loam over limestone, for which this area is renowned, this is a ‘soft rock’ site. This highly sustaining combination of soil and rock insulates the drought sensitive Riesling vines, which produce lime-green fruit with medium sized berries and fuller bunches. ‘Springvale’ is named after the original property where Riesling vines were first planted in the 1860s.
2015 was characterised as a fine, mild and early vintage. The Clare Valley had a very mild December, and a cooler January, with just enough rainfall to keep the vines healthy. Crop levels were below average, very even, and grapes were picked in excellent health. Harvest started on 8th February and was one of the earliest and most compressed in 35 years. Grapes were hand-harvested by a team of 60 workers, to ensure all the crop was picked at optimum condition.
All grapes were hand picked and vines hand pruned, shoot thinned and fruit thinned where necessary. Innoculated with neutral yeast only to maintain focus on natural fruit characters and expression of terroir. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks over two weeks. There was no skin contact and only the free-run juice was used.
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