The eight hectare Polish Hill vineyard (ACO certified organic) is at 460 metres altitude and is just five kilometres from Springvale. Its infertile, shaley soil is slightly acidic and its topsoil has a clay and shale crust. As the vines have to work harder than those at Springvale, it produces smaller, distinctly flavoured and concentrated berries.
It’s the explosive flavours of the Grosset Polish Hill 2016 that distinguish this vintage with power and tremendous intensity of flavour. The bouquet has lavender, a touch of lime and some minerally notes while the palate has surprising generosity, lime juice characters and some characteristic chalkiness. It is tight, uber-fine with steely structure, before a dry finish featuring pure natural acidity and hints of schisty mineralogy.
While there’s no doubting its longevity, there will be many who will love this Polish Hill in its youth.
Ageing Potential: 6-15 years, up to 20 years
Source: Grosset Polish Hill Vineyard (ACO certified organic)
Fruit Flavours: Intense citrus and cool slate characters
Profile: Bone dry (zero fermentable sugar), intense and powerful with persistent length
Fining: Nil- suitable for vegans and vegetarians
New Release Date: 1 September 2016
- Tyson Stelzer’s Top 150 Australia & New Zealand Wines 2017: Riesling of the Year
- Langton Classification VI: Rated ‘Exceptional’
- Wine Ark: ‘Australia’s Most Collected White Wine’
Tyson Stelzer’s Australian & New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017
Polish Hill is infused with a purity and drive that elevate it above the Clare Valley Riesling plateau, and the 2016 delivers it in a tightly coiled lime and lemon, crunchy granny smith apple and a quintessential backbone of fine, slate-infused minerality. This is a vintage of precision and stamina, with a long future before it. 96 Points.
James Halliday’s ‘Top 100 Wines’ 2016 18th November 2016
Free-run juice fermented with a neutral cultured yeast, placing all the focus on the expression of variety and place. The bouquet is gloriously floral with sweet lemon blossom aromas, the palate with diamond-cut purity and clarity. Natural acidity is part of its DNA. 97 Points.