Grosset 45 Riesling eau-de-vie, Clare Valley $119 / 500ml
This is what Alsatians would term an eau-de-vie, although Grosset doesn’t use any such term. It’s a colourless, delicate, gently floral spirit with a powerful high-alcohol aroma and flavour, undoubted riesling character, pungent and yet soft. It’s not heady or taily, but heart-of-the-run stuff. The mixologists will love it. (45 per cent alcohol; screw cap)
Ageing: Not required, but it will live indefinitely.
Food idea: It could be sipped as a digestif, perhaps with a little water, tonic or other mixers.
Stockists: City Wine Shop (Vic.); Castlecrag Cellars (NSW)