Grosset '45' Spirit Nv

  • Like a Grappa, this is distilled Riesling with no botanicals or additions
  • Only the second release of this interesting spirit
  • Perfumed, clean and ethereal, delicate and harmonious, with only 1000 bottles made
  • 1 or more bottles
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  • Max Allen
    4.5 points

Editors notes

Following the successful release of batch one in 2015 (which sold out in six months), batch two has been released. Jeffrey Grosset’s fascination with the ancient art of distillation has led to the creation of a unique spirit from Riesling.

Like a Grappa, this is distilled Riesling with no botanicals or additions. he spirit retains the subtle perfume and character of the wine. There are no botanicals used, nor is there colour or flavour added; the result is a unique spirit that is 100% pure. Perfumed, clean and ethereal, delicate and harmonious, with a luxuriously smooth mouth feel: to quote prominent drinks writer Matthew Jukes (UK)… ‘one of the most enchanting and silky of all digestifs.’


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Aroma
    • Floral
    • Grape
    • Liquorice
  • Palate
    • Grape
    • Liquorice
    • Spice

Food Pairings

  • Cheese

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Max Allen

    "The latest – utterly delicious – Australian spirit to pass my lips is Grosset45. It was made by Clare Valley winemaker Jeff Grosset, famous for his Polish Hill and Springvale rieslings, and is a pure, fragrant, very fine, slightly opalescent eau-de-vie-like spirit distilled from – you guessed it – Riesling. …The trick, Grosset realised, was to start with the best wine possible, and to ensure it had no sulphur dioxide preservative added to it, as the sulphur results in course flavours. “It’s like cooking when you think about it’” he says. “The better quality of the raw ingredients, the better the outcome at the end of the process.”"

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Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

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Clare Valley

Situated in the Mid North of South Australia, approximately 120 km north of Adelaide is one of Australia's oldest wine regions the Clare Valley. The area is broken up into three sub-regions, the Polish Hill River region to the east, the Central Clare Valley, and the Skillogalee Valley to the west.

Often associated with some of Australia's finest Riesling the cool climate and differing terroirs have paved the way for exciting and diverse wines over a plethora of varietals resulting in wines of pure expression and great length. Home to some of Australia's most iconic wineries - cult producers like Wendouree, to Australian icons such as Kilikanoon and boutique producers like Atlas, the Clare Valley is definitely an area to keep an eye on for exciting and ever-evolving wines.

About the brand Grosset

Established in 1981, Grosset Wines is independently owned and dedicated to allowing purity of fruit and region to take centre stage. “We aim to produce the best examples of variety and place. This is self-explanatory really… Riesling from the Clare Valley, expressing the dramatic differences between soft rock and hard rock sites and then differences within those broad categories; uniquely sited Semillon and Fiano, Cabernet from the coolest site in the region and of course, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from an even cooler sub-region of the Adelaide Hills,” explains owner and founder, Jeffrey Grosset. “Purity of fruit and optimum ripeness are crucial to us, and we are not afraid to use different wine making approaches to bring the best out of each vineyard. Each is a testament to this philosophy.”

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