Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2009

Grosset Polish Hill RieslingGrosset Polish Hill Riesling 2009

The new MW classification of Australian wines, like the established Langtons classification, rates the Grosset Polish Hill as the epitome of Australian riesling. The 2009 is a wonderful follow-up to the excellent 2008. While these vintages may become acknowledged as among the finest Polish Hill Rieslings of the decade, they are nevertheless quite different. In some ways, the 2009 Polish Hill is a surprise packet with quite exuberant, lifted floral aromatics providing a departure from the norm.

On the palate, there is a brightness and youthful tang that is rare in young Polish Hill Rieslings. As ever, there is intense, pristine lime juice flavour made more complex by slatey, minerally characters all compressed and coiled by the wine’s tightness of structure. There’s characteristic finesse, power and a steely quality before the taut natural acidity highlights its lingering, dry finish. While the 2009 Polish Hill should age as well as other vintages, it may provide more joy in its youth.


Jancis Robinson  18 May 2010

Hardly a discovery this, for Jeffrey Grosset is Australia’s acknowledged king of Riesling (and pioneer of screwcaps). But I tasted this new vintage twice during my recent few days in Singapore and was particularly impressed. This magnificent single-vineyard bone-dry wine would make great current drinking or provide a real long-term classic for your cellar.  18 points

Tyson Stelzer  ‘Decanter’ Valley Highs: Stelzer’s Pick of 2009 (UK)   April 2010

Pure as you’d expect from this famous vineyard, but with structured minerals that drive deeper than ever. Focused from start to finish and it lingers so long as to be eerie. An all-time great. 2016-2019.   20 points   starstarstarstarstar