Springvale covers just 6 hectares of a much larger property at Watervale. 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 outstanding 2016 vintage has clarified the changing character of the Springvale. Grosset Springvale 2016 has attractive lemon blossom aromatics with a hint of chalkiness; is intensely dry and mouthpuckering in its youth; shows generous lime, lemongrass flavours again with minerally notes; and finishes dry, vibrant and long. It is poised and given neat balance by its tight structure and shaley minerally acidity.
“It’s a riesling you want to drink a lot of right now, but you know you’ve got a winner in the cellar anyway. Perfume is deadset unreal – smells mineral charged to the hilt, crushed slate, flint, wet pebbles, granite, with whiffs of honeysuckle and citrus blossom floral things around it. The palate is tingly with tonic water sour-sweetness, bitter botanicals and citrus, with a trickle of mineral water-like minerality. It’s pretty relaxed in the palate, spreads softly in a washy flow, yet has a light crunch to texture too. Lovely stuff.” – 94 Points Mike Bennie
“The bouquet is chalky, savoury and flowery, very clean and fresh, pristine and overt. The palate has more weight than the Polish Hill, and more power. It’s a wine of great clarity and purity, and the most impressive riesling on the day. Magical.” – 97 Points Huon Hooke