Grosset Wines is an independently owned winery producing seven highly regarded premium wines each vintage. Established in 1981, the winery is situated in the historic township of Auburn at the southern tip of the Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide.
While in its fourth decade, annual production is capped at 11,000 cases (dozens), predominantly produced from twenty hectares of estate vineyards. Remaining small and focused has allowed Grosset Wines to preserve the character and individuality of the wines, developing a significant international profile by producing wines deemed consistently outstanding, benchmarks in their class.
Jeffrey Grosset, owner and founder, has always been an innovator, challenging tradition and questioning accepted practices. He campaigned to institute the legal integrity of the riesling grape in Australia, was a leading proponent for the introduction of screwcap closures and privately funded research into the subject.
Grosset Wines’ philosophy has remained steadfast over thirty years. The emphasis is on purity of fruit. The estate vineyards, which are ACO certified organic, are hand tended and each bunch of grapes is harvested at optimum ripeness. The winemaking process is gentle and uncomplicated. With dedication, discipline and the application of knowledge garnered through decades of experience, the result is the finest expression of variety and place.
Jeffrey Grosset was voted the inaugural Australian Winemaker of the Year by Gourmet Traveller WINE in 1998, and is internationally recognised as one of the ‘Top 10 White Winemakers’ (Decanter, UK) and one of the ‘50 Most Influential Winemakers’ (Wine & Spirits, USA) in the world today.
While cool climate Australian chardonnay garners accolades and defies the tapering off of sales of the variety in this country, the Grosset ‘Piccadilly’ continues to show a consistency style.
The current release shares with the previous three vintages the finer, leaner, tighter, lower-in-alcohol style that Jeff Grosset made in the 1990s. These are subtle chardonnays that appear delicate and restrained on release yet reward the patient by being more ageworthy than most Australian examples of the variety.
The hallmark of this 2010 chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills’ Piccadilly Valley is its purity of fruit. There are intense nectarine, white peach and grapefruit flavours, all tightly coiled and vibrant in the mid-palate, seamlessly integrated so that it shows little evidence of its cedary oak. There are some quartzy, minerally notes on its long, zesty finish. It has the purity of flavour, weight, tightness of structure and bright natural acidity to suggest it will age as well as previous vintages of the Grosset ‘Piccadilly’ Chardonnay.
Only 450 dozen produced.