Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2010
‘Jeffrey Grosset’s Polish Hill riesling … tastes as though the grape juice were made of water that was filtered through layers of glacial gravel, slate and shale – which, in fact, it was…’
Rod Smith Wine and Spirits (USA) February 2001
Grosset Polish Hill is a single site wine from the Polish Hill vineyard, planted at 460 metres above sea level on sandy loam over shallow clay with underlying gravel, shale and slate. It has been made each year since 1981.
The ‘Polish Hill’ sits comfortably at the zenith of Australian riesling production as it presents its 30th vintage to the market place. After two excellent vintages, that Grosset regards as the finest Polish Hills of the decade, comes the 2010 which in its first flush of youth looks to be the best of all.
This is a more typical ‘Polish Hill’ than the exuberant 2009: shy, reserved and closed. The 2010 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling has restrained aromatics, a hint of lime blossom, some pebbly, wet stone fragrance, powerful mouth-puckeringly dry and pristine lime flavours that are deep, powerful and tightly coiled with savoury, slatey minerality. The finish is pure Grosset: flinty, achingly dry, memorable.
Cellaring Guide: Enjoy now or cellar 6-15 years
Nick Stock ‘The Age/The Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine Guide’ Best Riesling 2011
One of the most flavoursome Polish Hill wines I can remember, showing exactly why this enclave of the Clare Valley is so revered. Scintillating fine minerals and powerfully expressive. 96 points
James Halliday ‘The Weekend Australian Magazine’ 13 November 2010
This is the 30th vintage of the highest-ranked riesling in Australia in Langton’s Classification
of Wine V. Bright straw-green; the bouquet is perfumed and complex, with citrus blossom and a subliminal touch of honeysuckle, the palate flowing on logically and serenely, the balance and aftertaste perfect. 96 points