Grosset Springvale Riesling 2011

Grosset's wines make for an easy restaurant choice: an excellent producer, yet often not too expensive.   I found the 2011 vintage of Grosset's Springvale riesling an interesting, if hard to love, wine.  Why hard to love?  Despite me practically willing it on, it remained a very closed and firm wine, an exercise in stern lemon flavours.  On the nose, a medium to pronounced aroma of steel, citrus, minerals, lemon pith and flowers.  On the palate, its acidity is high and taught, with only short to medium length, citrus flavours and really quite intense lemon pith flavours.  This is a wine that would appear to need some time to relax and show its true colours.  85 points

Abv: 12.5%
Price: around $30
Tasted: December 2011
Clare Valley
January 2, 2012

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