Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2006

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2006

This is very much in the style of the very best ‘Polish Hill’ Rieslings.  It appears so tightly coiled, that its release of some lime juice aroma is restrained; likewise, the flavours of zesty limes squeezed over quartzy minerals is evident but austere.  There’s the characteristic tight, lean, steely structure holding in layer after layer of flavour, impeccable balance, and mighty yet controlled power.  The hints are there of future promise: a vibrance, a youthful zestiness, an intensity of flavour all subjugated at present.  That refreshing, lingering bone dry finish, too, is uncompromising.


Harvey Steiman  ‘Wine Spectator’ Harvey Steiman’s 25 Benchmark Wines of Australia (USA)  15 October 2007

Vibrant and steely, with a ramrod backbone supporting its floral pear, apple and melon flavours, lingering on the citrusy finish.

James Halliday’s  ‘The Weekend Australian’ Top 100  11 November 2006

It is usually a toss up between this and its sister wine, the Grosset Watervale Riesling, the choice – one of style rather than quality.  This year it is the Polish Hill Riesling that is a clear winner, its bell-clear apple and lime blossom aromas leading into a precise palate with a magical combination of delicacy and extreme length.  Drink:  Now-2021

Janne McQuitty  ‘Times Magazine’ Top 100 (UK)  25 November 2006

Newcomers such as Australia do not often triumph in the upper echelons of the Top 100 so credit to Grosset for producing this New World classic.  What you get from this single vineyard Riesling, arguably the best that Clare produces, is lots of wonderful smoky steely Riesling fruit with a lick of lime, kerosene and white peach.  Great as an aperitif or with a smoked fish salad or Asian inspired dish.