92 Insider Points
91 points - James Suckling
Lemon grass and savory aromas fill the nose. Nice and light on the body, as fresh as can be with tart lime zest and star fruit. An excellent addition to any summer day. 92 Points - JZ July '18
A dense and fruity sauvignon with white peach and green apple character. Citrus undertones. Full body and tangy fruit. Drink now. Screw cap. - James Suckling
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
· Englishman Thomas Gross immigrated to Australia with wife Mary and their children back in 1849, making Gross one of McLaren Vale’s true pioneers.
· The future grape farmer found initial success in Australia’s version of the Gold Rush, which occurred at the very same point in history as the California Gold Rush.
· Chilly Adelaide Hills boasts more than just a cool, grape-friendly climate. The appellation’s terroir consists of ancient podsolic soil—ideal conditions for white grapes and complex wines.
· Regarding the 2016 vintage, James Halliday writes: “In the Adelaide Hills the low winter and spring rainfall required early irrigation, rare for the region. Rain in late January was worth its weight in gold, the outcome above average yields, the chardonnay and sauvignon blanc the best white wines…”
An Edenic respite from the near constant heat that envelops much of Australia’s wine country, the Adelaide Hills is cooled by maritime breezes and enjoys a climate similar to France’s Loire Valley. Goes to figure, the region’s most planted grape and the one that flourishes best in the Adelaide Hills is Sauvignon Blanc. Tasted blind, this one from Thomas Gross is the spitting image of a crisp, mineral Sancerre—one of the top renditions of Sauvignon Blanc anywhere.
“This wine offers notes of lime blossom, grapefruit, white pepper and citrus rind. There's a lovely, chalky, warm stone quality to the palate, with crisp, citrusy acidity. This would be tasty with fresh summery fare,” writes the Wine Enthusiast. Drink this unoaked SB with picnic fare, salads, fish or cheeses. It’s light enough for lunch, but satisfying, too, with dinners featuring most anything from the sea.
This is a crisp and easy-drinking wine. It offers citrus notes of grapefruit and lime. You'll also taste hints of white pepper.
From the winery:
One of the original McLaren Vale pioneers, Thomas Goss (1810-1890), his wife Mary Ann (1813-1891) and their children arrived in South Australia from Devonshire in 1849. After success in the Victorian gold fields he established an iconic farming property, Ingleburne, now home to some of the McLaren Vale region's leading vineyards.
In 2010, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth, it was decided to release a range of affordable McLaren Vale red wines and Adelaide Hills white wines under the Thomas Goss label. These wines are a tribute to the persistence of Thomas Goss and his family's long contribution to our beloved region.
Pair with any summer fare or light salad. This also tastes amazing alongside a delicious cheese plate.