Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2012

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2012

Tasting Notes

Look on the wine lists of Australia’s finest restaurants and you’ll be sure to find the Grosset Polish Hill Riesling, often with more than one vintage on offer: such is the strength its reputation has amassed over its thirty two consecutive vintages back to 1981. Two key factors that delight sommeliers are its consistency and its capacity to age. Given the strength of the 2012 vintage in the Clare Valley, this release of the Polish Hill may well rival the 2002 and 1982 as the greatest ever.

The 2012 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling has all the hallmarks of greatness: it’s tightly constrained, uber-concentrated, steely, and zingy. There are lemon blossom and white flower aromatics, vibrant lemon pith and lime zest flavours with shaley minerality, taut and tightly coiled, before a long, ultra-dry finish featuring refreshing natural acidity. It is pristine, seamless, wonderfully detailed, and has great line and length. It may well be drinking at its peak into 2019 though (well cellared) it can be aged for much longer.

General Cellaring Guide: Enjoy now, or cellar six to fifteen years.
Release Date: 1 September 2012


Tyson Stelzer  ‘Wine Taste Weekly’ Edition 83  24 August 2012

I cannot recall an Australian riesling of such refined poise, utter calm, magnificent concentration and devastating purity. Glorious white lilies and granny smith apple blossom glide through a bouquet of focused lime fruit…Grosset Polish Hill 2012 is every bit worthy of the highest score I have awarded any Australian riesling.  98 points

Matthew Jukes  21 May 2013

…If you time it right you will see an apercu of the epic quality of this wine. It is, quite simply, ‘off the clock’. The punitive acidity and high tensile fruit will soften, but if you are feeling impatient, then slake your thirst on the fragrant and welcoming 2012 Springvale Watervale Riesling, his other legendary cuvee. Both wines scored 19+ in my notes. Both are world class, dry Rieslings with spectacular trajectories. Both form an essential part of any serious cellar.  19/20 points