Grosset Springvale Riesling 2018

Jeremy Oliver 96 Points!

Australia, SA, Clare Valley
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"Translucent, stony notes of lime, pear and apple lifted by scents of white and yellow flowers; long and luscious, taut and shapely."

Jeremy Oliver, 96 Points


"It’s a bite into sweet lime, a squeeze of Meyer lemon, a dash of old fashioned bitters, a splash of tonic water – bouquet and palate doing a double act. There’s a softness to this release, a tug of chalkiness too. A wine of intense tart pleasure but also complexity in tow. It’s a good release."

Mike Bennie, Wine Front, 94 Points, November 2018


"This is an outstanding Springvale Riesling. Intense citrus aromatics that linger; the palate is taut, even coiled, and powered by intense lemon and lime pith and enticing florals that persist; while the finish is long, zesty, and bone dry. For all its mouth-puckering intensity, there is balance, a touch of restraint, satisfying finesse and an immediacy that appeals."

 - Grosset

 "The Springvale vineyard is unique on two fronts: First, its odd shape accurately reflects the red loam-over-limestone profile below. Under this limestone is slate, its existence discovered by us only after the vine roots had reached that far. Second, the mix of riesling clones is rare. The result is a deliciously limey riesling with backbone."

Jeffrey Grosset


Springvale is a six hectare vineyard and part of a much larger property at Watervale in the Clare Valley. A truly unique viticultural site due to its geology, relative isolation and high altitude, it was purchased by Grosset in 1999 and planted in 2000. The thin topsoil is made up of red loams interspersed with shale over limestone, and the vines are deeply rooted in the slate bedrock. Grosset Springvale Riesling is produced entirely from Springvale Vineyard.


The soil is not worked and no fertiliser is used. Instead, a mix of natural and introduced grasses and clovers are allowed to grow and self-seed in between the vines. Meanwhile, the rest of the property is being progressively returned to native vegetation. This promotes greater species diversity and strengthens both the sustainability of the site and the vines’ resilience by facilitating natural pest control and disease management. Springvale is an ACO certified organic vineyard.


The relatively close-planted vines (2,500/hectare) are hand-tended with the shoots positioned vertically. The shoot and bunch density of each vine are closely monitored and the vines are trimmed manually whenever necessary.


Planted entirely to three clones of riesling (one widely planted German, one rare German and one of local origin), the sturdy and resilient vines produce compact yellow-green bunches of moderate sized berries. Hand-harvesting ensures the delivery of the fruit in pristine condition. Each vine produces an average of two-and-a-half bottles of wine.