|Our Price: $36.99 / bottle (RRP: $50.00)||Case: 6 x 750 ml|
Springvale is a six hectare vineyard (ACO certified organic) and part of a much larger property at Watervale in the Clare Valley. Planted to exactly mirror the limestone below, the aim was to produce a 'typical' Watervale riesling. However, as the vines matured and the roots hit Mintaro slate buried deep below the limestone, recent vintages have expressed a unique site-specific, more mineral profile.
Blind tastings in recent years have indicated that, in quality terms, Springvale is closer to Polish Hill than was once the case and that conventional wisdom might suggest.
The 'Springvale' also surprises, being more intensely primal than it is in most vintages. It entices with lime and lemon blossom aromas. There's layer after layer of mouth-puckering lime juice flavours, tight structure, spine-tingling acidity and shaley minerally notes that linger. It's an outstanding 'Springvale', fine, intense, pure, minerally and dry.
Ageing Potential: 5-15 years, up to 20 years
Source: Grosset Springvale Vineyard (ACO certified organic)
Fruit Flavours: Lime driven with mineral background
Profile: Dry, finely structured, vibrant and pure
Fining: Nil- suitable for vegans and vegetarians
'This 2017 release (and the Polish Hill) may be a little unrecognisable to stalwarts of the wines €“ I like the departure. The wines are more approachable, relaxed in the palate, still bustling with hallmark acidity, but delicate, in a way.
€œA European harvest € quips Jeffrey Grosset. He's insinuating that it rained a bit leading up to the vintage. Romantic. Certainly shows in acid profile, but without condescension. I loved the wines for drinking early.
Quite a delicate expression but not without drive, energy and velocity. It's pretty in floral notes, lime-lime blossom scents, a touch of flinty mineral character. Quite succulent, just a kiss of flinty-chalkiness to texture, bristling with tangy acidity, long, fine, and elegant feeling. A little out of step for typical Springvale, but delightful in its way. Crackling mineral character throughout. Crystalline, classy Riesling.'
94 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
'Pale straw hue. The aromas are very fresh and new, with candlewax and cream aromas, the faintest suggestions of floral notes but not citrus at this stage. The palate is very delicate and seems pared-back, and is less overt than the Polish Hill at this stage. The palate is delicate, dry and taut, reseverved and saying 'go away and leave me alone'. It needs time, more so than the Polish - which is more fragrant and overt on the day.'
93 Points - Huon Hooke