2019 Grosset G110 Riesling

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Jeffery Grosset to look at all the varying Riesling clones planted across the vineyards. It was an extraordinary exercise, at the time I was intrigued as to why we were doing it… Now I know why! Oh PS… VERY LIMITED.

For 40 years, Grosset have crushed and fermented various clones of riesling separately. These clonal components are typically blended or reunited according to the source vineyard, prior to bottling. Having a vineyard planted to a mix of clones has been shown to contribute to the consistency and complexity of the single vineyard Rieslings.

Four years ago, Jeffrey’s daughter Georgie suggested they bottle a few dozen of each riesling clone from different vineyards and taste each over time. One clone consistently expressed more concentration and persistence, but was less fruity.

At the Rockwood vineyard (ACO certified organic), just one clone is planted on a strip of silty loam over red rock. The riesling berries and bunches are small. The clone is the one noted as exceptional.

In 2019 Grosset produced just 1100 bottles of wine from these vines. In reference to Jeff’s daughter Georgie and the riesling clone, the wine is simply called G110. Powerful yet subtle, extended time on lees has enhanced the wine’s complexity, texture and distinction.

2019 Grosset G110 Riesling – $110 a bottle. (if interested give us a call)

Purity, drive, a vibrant quality that gives us pause. There is power that builds, a precise line that follows through to a remarkable length. This clone of riesling lends itself to a winemaking philosophy that utilises smaller bunches for greater fruit concentration, complexity and lift on the palate from extended lees maturation. Flavours in the apple spectrum with underlying power, full in the mid-palate with hints of creamy complexity and lingering white fruit intensity, its texture is layered, as the clone celebrates its unique qualities with the occasional surprise.

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