Masterclass: Riesling, presented by Jeffrey Grosset


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Masterclass: Riesling, presented by Jeffrey Grosset

  1. 1. Riesling Jeffrey Grosset 23 rd September, 2010 Landmark Australia Tutorial
  2. 2. Riesling Grapes
  3. 3. <ul><li>“ RIESLING is the great white wine grape variety of Germany and could claim to be the finest white grape variety in the world on the basis of the longevity of its wines and their ability to transmit the characteristics of a vineyard without losing Riesling’s own inimitable style.” </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>JANCIS ROBINSON MW </li></ul>
  4. 6. Blue Skies, Clare Valley
  5. 7. 160 years of winemaking in the Clare Valley
  6. 8. <ul><li>For reasons unknown, its moderately warm climate produces Australia’s finest Riesling. James Halliday 1994, The Oxford Companion to Wine. </li></ul><ul><li>The Clare Valley is one of those special places – if I were a romantic, I would say it is enchanted.  As an Anglo-Saxon, it gives me a small insight into the way aboriginals feel about the land their tribe occupied or, happily, still occupies.  For, in a way I find difficult to explain, I feel a sense of belonging whenever I visit it. </li></ul><ul><li>It also encapsulates the thoroughly western concept of terroir, the complicated matrix of soil, subsoil, aspect and site climate which determines the suitability of each fragment of land for a given grape variety of varieties. </li></ul><ul><li>The influence of terroir can be weak and tenuous, or it can be profound.  In the Clare Valley it is the latter: it is Australia’s greatest Riesling producer, and stands tall with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. At the other extreme, it shuns the normally all- embracing charms of Chardonnay. </li></ul><ul><li>The little towns of Auburn, Watervale, Penwortham and Sevenhill say more about the nineteenth than twentieth or twenty-first centuries.  Only Clare itself has succumbed, but even it has many fine stone buildings dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the wineries have an equally proud history, none more so than the Sevenhill College and Winery, dating back to 1851 and still run by the Jesuitical Manresa Society.  Others have followed the habits of hermit crabs, and happily occupy nineteenth century buildings with a very different origin. </li></ul><ul><li>Unlocking the secrets of the Clare Valley is a pastime open to all who visit this mist beautiful part of Australia.  </li></ul><ul><li>James Halliday – 11th June 2002 </li></ul>Foreword by James Halliday
  7. 10. Climate Summary
  8. 12. Legends of Soil Zones
  9. 13. Index of Soils
  10. 14. Jeffrey Grosset with Watervale Soil Profile, Clare Valley
  11. 15. Mount Horrocks Watervale Vineyard, Clare Valley
  12. 17. Grosset Springvale overlooked by Mount Horrocks Vineyards, Clare Valley
  13. 18. Mount Horrocks Watervale Vineyard, Clare Valley
  14. 19. Grosset Wines Gaia Springvale Polish Hill
  15. 20. Petaluma, Clare Valley
  16. 21. Petaluma, Clare Valley Petaluma, Clare Valley
  17. 22. Grosset Wines Gaia Springvale Polish Hill
  18. 23. Petaluma, Clare Valley
  19. 24. Petaluma, Clare Valley Polish Hill Vines, Clare Valley
  20. 25. Petaluma, Clare Valley Fruit Thinning, Grosset Riesling Vineyards, January 2009
  21. 26. Petaluma, Clare Valley Polish Hill rock, Clare Valley
  22. 27. Petaluma, Clare Valley Polish Hill Slate Profile, Clare Valley
  23. 28. Petaluma, Clare Valley Riesling grapes into crusher, March 2009
  24. 29. Petaluma, Clare Valley
  25. 30. Petaluma, Clare Valley
  26. 31. Petaluma, Clare Valley
  27. 32. Petaluma, Clare Valley
  28. 33. Petaluma, Clare Valley Pewsey Vale Vineyards, Eden Valley
  29. 34. Petaluma, Clare Valley Pewsey Vale ‘The Contours’ Vineyard, Eden Valley
  30. 37. Crawford River Wines, Henty
  31. 38. Crawford River Wines, Henty
  32. 41. Frankland Estate, Great Southern
  33. 42. Frankland Estate, Great Southern
  34. 43. Frankland Estate, Great Southern
  35. 46. Craigow Vineyard, Tasmania
  36. 47. Craigow Vineyard, Tasmania
  37. 48. Grosset Off-dry vineyard