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.
A spectacular vintage with layer upon layer of powerful lime juice aromatics against a backdrop of enticing florals. The palate is intense with lime pith flavours, weight, power and a crisp, ultra-dry finish that lingers. It has the structure and intensity of flavour to become one of the great vintages.
Cellar? ‘As long as you like’ says Jeff – up to 25 years, or drink now.
Grape / Blend
Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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