2023 Grosset Alea Riesling
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2023 Grosset Alea Riesling

Clare Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$47. 99
$575.88 Dozen
ABV: 12.5%
Closure: Stelvin

Alea Riesling is crafted from Grosset's six-hectare estate-owned Certified Organic and Biodynamic Rockwood vineyard at Watervale in the Clare Valley. The isolated, high-altitude site, chosen and planted by Grosset between 2001 and 2018, consists of hard red rock and variable soils making it a much more challenging site than the Springvale vineyard close by. Grosset noticed the first harvests from this site were reminiscent of European Rieslings with a hint of residual sweetness. Inspired by this, he made the first 'Alea,' taking a more European approach to its production.

Other Reviews....
A dainty riesling, tiptoeing across a crunchy beam of Granny Smith apple, jasmine, Thai herb and lime splice. Peppery, sulfidic-minerally and balletic, but ultimately pretty easygoing in a dryish Kabinett sort of mold. This is mellifluous drinking as intended. Of prodigious versatility at the table. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
93 Points
Ned Goodwin MW - JamesSuckling.com

The 2023 Alea Riesling leads with roasted pineapple, green apples, hints of lychee and juniper, lemon oil and coriander. The fruit is a little quieter this year, but it's no less "present." It is a beautiful wine, fleshy and soft, but it still remains tethered to the tracks of very fine, very firm acidity. 12.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drink 2023 - 2037.
95 Points
Erin Larkin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

I’m sure that Grosset’s Alea Riesling has always been a serious wine, but in the glass it’s more serious than ever, if that makes sense.
There’s excellent intensity here. There’s a slip of fruit sweetness but it’s gentle and slight, the clearer message one of crisp green apples, lime, minerals and tonic-like herbs. I get the feeling that Alea has changed tack slightly, become drier, more mineral, less grapey. I’m a fan. This is very good. Drink 2024 - 2032.
93+ Points
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front