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Tuesday 16 August 2022

Tasting with masters of the craft

It is an invitation any wine lover would be crazy to turn down. 

Taste through decades of wines from Clare Valley style setters Grosset and Mount Horrocks, two of Australia’s leading producers of fine rieslings.  

Grosset has been owned and operated by Jeffrey Grosset for 42 years. Mount Horrocks is operated by his partner Stephanie Toole and has a 30-year history.  

Both operations are certified organic and biodynamic and are leaders in promoting those styles of sustainable winemaking. 

Our group; two distributors, leading wine writers Huon Hooke, Jeni Port, Nick Ryan, Max Allen and myself got the chance to look through stylistic changes and back vintages right through to the new-release 2022 wines. 

“The 2022 wines should reflect one of the great years,” Grosset says. “The purity of fruit was remarkable, particularly following the amazing 2021 vintage.” 

Both labels began buying fruit from growers but then purchased land and planted their own preferred selection of clones.  From the start they cut out all chemicals.  

For those interested in how these tastings work, here are a couple of images. 

And there is more to come. Lucky us. 

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