Grosset Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016 ~ Clare Valley, South Australia
James Halliday 96/100
The Wine Front 93/100
ACO certified organic
Just 800 cases of this vintage released
James Halliday ~ "Year in, year out, the most distinguished semillon sauvignon blanc blend from the eastern half of Australia, and often challenges the best Margaret River can offer. There is a particular tactile quality to the wine, and an intensity to the mix of herb, gooseberry, passionfruit and citrus that sets it apart."
Jancis Robinson ~ "Very pure fruit expression and great balance. ....Excellent extract and opulent finish."
Decanter Magazine ~ The World’s Top 10 White Winemakers #6 Jeffrey Grosset
"When the young Jeffrey Grosset launched his own winery in the Clare Valley in the early 1980’s, he was swimming against the tide. Back then, Chardonnay was the rising star of Australian Wine. But Grosset wanted to make Riesling, and to focus on letting the grapes speak for themselves. The rest of the Australian wine industry has, of course, caught up with Grosset since, thanks in part to the example set by this focused, restlessly intelligent winemaker. By consistently producing arguably Australia’s two best Rieslings – the flowery, lime-rich Watervale and the steely, firm Polish Hill – Grosset has not only helped steer the reversal in this variety’s fortunes, but has provided one of the country’s most powerful arguments in favour of the reality of terroir"
Grosset Wines are an independently owned winery producing highly regarded premium wines. Established in 1981, the winery is situated in the historic township of Auburn at the southern tip of the Clare Valley, 100 kilometers north of Adelaide.
Jeffrey Grosset, owner, and founder, has always been an innovator, challenging tradition and questioning accepted practices. He campaigned to institute the legal integrity of the Riesling grape in Australia, was a leading proponent for the introduction of screwcap closures and privately funded research into the subject.
Grosset Wines’ philosophy has remained steadfast over thirty years. The emphasis is on the purity of fruit. The estate vineyards, which are ACO certified organic, are hand tended and each bunch of grapes is harvested at optimum ripeness.
Grosset has found an amazing synergy between Clare semillon and Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc and produced a white which is significantly different from the same blend from Margaret River. 2015 is an excellent vintage of the wine – fresh, bright and vibrant, redolent of gooseberry, lychees, fresh garden herb flavours with some lemon citrus notes, a fine, tight palate that is lively, cleansingly crisp and, importantly, dry. It is a delicious, thirst-quenching white blend which lingers – fruity and long.
Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon is a classic white wine blend. It is most widely produced in France (most notably Bordeaux's Graves district), where both Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are well-established varieties, and has more recently caught on in Australia.
Clare Valley is the northernmost wine region within the Mount Lofty Ranges zone of South Australia, located 81 miles (130km) north of the state capital, Adelaide. It is one of the most picturesque wine regions of Australia, with a tradition in winemaking going back to the early 19th century when the first vines were planted.
Grosset wines are suitable for vegans.