Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2003
The 2003 Polish Hill Riesling is an outstanding example of this Australian classic. It has fragrant, floral aromas with hints of lime and lemon essence, is vibrant and juicy on the palate with a squeeze of tangy lime juice and distinctive minerality. As ever, the structure is tight and the wine is characteristically lean and steely with crisp, piercing acidity. There is also a touch of lime towards the end of that long, bone dry finish. The 2003 Polish Hill has more obvious weight, richness and concentration of flavour, is more generous now than usual and with minerality that lingers in a fashion rarely seen in rieslings outside Europe. Drink now to fifteen years.
Joshua Greene ‘Wine & Spirits Magazine’ (USA) January/February 2004
Perfumed with honey, almond and lime, this Riesling builds on its firm fruit with long flavors of sage and fresh lime. It trails off in a chalk line of mineral acidity, tight and closed for now, though already pleasing with a sage-roasted chicken. It will only gain from bottle age — Grosset’s Rieslings continue to evolve for ten to fifteen years, especially in a rip, low-yielding vintage like 2003. 93 points
Harvey Steiman ‘Wine Spectator Weekly’ (USA) 15 January 2004
One of the great Rieslings from Australia is a winner again in this vintage. Its steely, racy style teems with lime, green pear, mineral and floral aromas and flavors, which mingle effortlessly and persist impressively on the long, long finish. 92 points
Huon Hooke ‘Decanter’ January 2004
The 2003 is a big, full style of Polish Hill, with body and richness. It has lemon pudding aromas with flowery and yeasty/bakery accents. Dry and savoury with lively acidity. Powerful, lingering and balanced. Drink: Up to 2010.
James Halliday ‘The Weekend Australian’ Top 100 22 November 2003
It’s nigh on impossible choosing between Grosset’s wines; in some prior years the Semillon sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir and-or Gaia have prevailed. Not so this time: The Polish Hill Riesling sweeps all before it, intense, fine and long, with great mid-palate flavour, beautiful acidity and fantastic mouthfeel. Best drinking: Now-2015. 97 points (Halliday’s equal highest pointed Australian wine of the year)
Jeremy Oliver www.onwine.com.au September 2003
Exemplary Clare Riesling, whose intense, musky, rose garden perfume of apples, pears and lime juice reveals an underlying fragrance of wet slate and mineral. Concentrated and exceptionally long, it’s searingly intense and citrusy, with forward, open flavours with a soft, juicy palate over a slatey foundation. Superbly fashioned, culminating in an austere, persistent and slightly chalky finish. Drink 2015-2023. 19.1/20 points
Jeff Collerson ‘Sydney Daily Telegraph’ November 19 2003
Top Shelf. If you enjoy world-class Riesling try this: Grosset Polish Hill 2003 Riesling.
This release reinforces Grosset Polish Hill’s reputation as the best of its type in the southern hemisphere. It’s bone dry, yet spicy, with an intense palate of spice and citrus. There is great length of flavour and with steely acidity. It has Polish Hill riesling’s hallmark mineral-like backbone.