The eight hectare Polish Hill vineyard is at 460 metres altitude and just five kilometres from Springvale as the crow flies (but eleven kilometres by car). The infertile, shaley soil is slightly acidic and its topsoil has a clay and shale crust. The vines have to work harder than those at Springvale and so produce smaller distinctly flavoured and concentrated berries.
The 2013 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling has attractive lemongrass and lime citrus aromas with some minerally notes. The same bottle, three days later, showed significantly more voluminous aromatics that are captivating and rare for such a youthful Polish Hill. The flavours are tight, fine and dry and show schisty minerality and bright lime zest flavours. It has the complexity and intensity that you’d expect: precise, detailed and clearly focused. There’s some surprising softness there that is appealing with impeccable balance on its vibrant, zingy, dry finish.
General Cellaring Guide: Enjoy now, or cellar six to fifteen years.
Date of Release: 1 September 2013
James Halliday ‘Australian Wine Companion’ 2015
Has a perfumed fragrance that immediately sets it apart from the other ’13 Clare Valley Rieslings, and a thrilling burst of hyper-intense lime/slate fruit. Despite these pyrotechnics, the wine has the elegance of the finest china. 12.7%. Drink to 2030. 98 points
James Halliday Top 100 ‘The Weekend Australian Magazine’ 16-17 November 2013
Light straw-green; has a degree of perfumed fragrance that immediately sets it apart from the other ’13 Clare Valley rieslings, and a thrilling burst of hyper-intense lime/slate fruit. Despite these pyrotechnics, the wine has the elegance of the finest china. Yet another example of the riesling mastery of Jeffrey Grosset. Drink to 2030 with King George Whiting. 98 points