The eight hectare Polish Hill vineyard is at 460 metres altitude and just five kilometres fromSpringvale as the crow flies (but eleven kilometres by car). The infertile, shaley soil is slightly acidic and its topsoil has a clay and shale crust. The vines have to work harder than those at Springvale and so produce smaller distinctly flavoured and concentrated berries.
The 2014 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling surprises with voluminous lemon blossom aromas bursting from the glass. Then it’s supple and round initially on the palate giving a delightful mouthfeel before the more characteristic power and tight, steely structure kicks in reminding you that this is Polish Hill. The primary flavours are more evident than is often the case with wonderfully pure lime juice and lemongrass before a finish that has a surprising softness. Certainly, there’s refreshingly dry and vibrant cleansing acidity and some shaley minerality on a finish of remarkable persistence and length.
General Cellaring Guide: 6-15 years, up to 20 years.
Release Date: 1 September 2014