About the Winemaker
Grosset Wines is an independently owned winery producing seven highly regarded premium wines each vintage. Established in 1981, the winery is situated in the historic township of Auburn at the southern tip of the Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide.
Jeffrey Grosset, owner and founder, has always been an innovator, challenging tradition and questioning accepted practices. He campaigned to institute the legal integrity of the Riesling grape in Australia, was a leading proponent for the introduction of screwcap closures and privately funded research into the subject.
Grosset Wines’ philosophy has remained steadfast over thirty years. The emphasis is on purity of fruit. The estate vineyards, which are ACO certified organic, are hand tended and each bunch of grapes is harvested at optimum ripeness. The winemaking process is gentle and uncomplicated. With dedication, discipline and the application of knowledge garnered through decades of experience, the result is the finest expression of variety and place.
About the Wine
Here is one of the world’s greatest Rieslings – Grosset Polish Hill
As wine critic Rod Smith has said, “Grosset’s Polish Hill tastes of water that was filtered through layers of glacial gravel, slate and shale.” It is completely dry and has a racing acidity that will keep it alive for years. Indeed, we had a 2005 at a slide this year and it was still absolutely gorgeous – the acidity had mellowed into that massive mouth-coating richness without weight that only Riesling can bring. To me it is all that is great about Australian Riesling; the pleasure of fruit is there, but matched by a clean crisp brightness. The finish is sensational in its length.
Or, to quote James Haliday “This is a ravishing riesling of the highest order, X-factor multiplied. Throw up any part (flesh, juice, skin, pith) of lime or lemons of any kind, add ethereal acidity and marvel at the elegance and length of the palate. Jeffrey Grosset is the undisputed king of the Clare Valley.”
In Australia this wine sells out the day the cellar doors open. It is so allocated that it’s been eight years since I have been able to sell them. But I finally, finally, finally got it again, and now is the time to buy.
Certified organic vineyards.
There are subtle yet distinct floral aromatics of violets and lavender, lemon and lime blossom perfumes that persist. This is different from the restraint and shyness of most Polish Hill Riesling on release – and worth celebrating because of it. The intense, lime juice flavors and fine linear structure is more dramatic, more overtly tight than most of these wines. It is powerful, multi-layered, richly concentrated and has an immediacy on release that is rare with Polish Hill. There are hints of schisty minerality on the long finish which is pristine, crisp and satisfying. While appealing now, this may well have greater cellaring potential than any other vintage of this Australian icon.
Grape / Blend
Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2019 Polish Hill Riesling boasts hints of baby powder and lime alongside green apple and mint on the nose. It's medium-bodied, with a pristine, almost watery feel on the palate, but it simultaneously delivers fascinating intensity of flavor and tremendous length, with a gentle, softly dusty texture on the finish. It should easily cellar for more than a decade.
Ian Blackburn - Wine Buyer
This is "the" benchmark dry Riesling for the world... and the best vineyard from the best producer. There is nothing sweet about this wine... in fact, it will whiten your teeth at the same time as it dries your palate ... this is an extreme wine find. Have not personally had the pleasure of tasting this new vintage yet... but when the time comes, I'm popping this with some amazing food and friends.
Product size: 750ml