As an unashamed follower of Jeffrey Grosset, I was delighted to hear both his Springvale and Polish Hill Rieslings were promoted in the latest Langton's Classification. Grosset's Rieslings may sell for less than half the price of other wines ranked 'Exceptional' and 'Outstanding' by Langton's, but their place among such elite company is completely justified.
There's a brightness that shines from the glass of Grosset's Springvale, suggesting clean yet sharp, faintly floral aromas of bath salts, mineral, green apple and talc; and of course, the obligatory lemon/lime tones, which in 2010 draws a fragrant line equally between these two citric descriptors. On the palate it drops a fullness of weight, power and richness that some might liken to its brother wine, but it doesn't just drop on entry; it pushes on relentlessly through the mouth, with a bracing surge of mineral-bitten lemon and white pear flavours bonded by the welcomed physicality of a tightening, lengthening extract of somewhat sour-edged, zippy, almost fizzy acids that leave the mouth feeling dry, impressed and dying for more. It's seemingly fuller and richer than some Springvales, but its balancing structure and length pay homage to the pedigree.
ü+ Once again it seems Mr Grosset can do no wrong with dry riesling. If Australia was riesling, I'd want Jeffrey to be Prime Minister. Drink to 2022.