Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2020
Langton Classification VII: Rated ‘Exceptional’
Wine Ark: ‘Australia’s Most Collected Riesling’
Tyson Stelzer, WBM, November/December 2020
In the most extreme seasons, the greatest sites prove their mettle, and in this drought vintage, the precision and purity of Polish Hill increases the daylight between this and mere mortal Clare Valley Rieslings. Delightful apple blossom perfume meets pristine lemon purity, steadied by precise acid line that transcends the fine phenolic grip of the season. It hovers, larger and lighter than life. 95 points.
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, September 2020
Light, bright yellow hue. Reserved, discreet, subtly yeasty aromas, bright and clean and scented with dried flowers. It’s very intense in the mouth, showing concentration and drive, the juicy fruit of the fore-palate morphing into a firm, dry back-palate and a long tail. An excellent wine, of superior fruit intensity and persistence. Great cellaring potential. 96 points.
Erin Larkin, erinlarkin.com.au, August 2020
This is a wine that is overlaid on itself: citrus fruit, jasmine florals and pith are draped over white pepper, jasmine tea and sea salt; these layers are fixed to the firm acid and phenolic structure that is the flesh and body of this wine. This is a tightly packed, savoury, serious, searing riesling with authority and gravitas. The length of flavour is something to behold. There is a lightness and a purity in 2020 that confirms life and lift – where the ’19 had a warmth and sunshine in it – this is dappled shade and cool breeze. 97 points.
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review, August 2020
It’s forty years since a younger Jeffrey Grosset set about creating his Clare Valley enterprise, originally with four tanks, a few barrels, no estate vineyards and plenty of ambition. His enterprise has grown into one of the district’s benchmark wineries since, always synonymous with high quality and true regional identity.
For many, the Grosset highpoint is Polish Hill, a wine that’s become a flagship for Australian dry riesling. The 2020 has just arrived, and like past vintages it’s certainly age-worthy, but it seems more precocious in style than usual, which makes it a pretty impressive thing to sip in this first flush of youth.
The colour is pale straw with a greenish tinge and the nose offers concentration that sets it apart from most peers. Aromas of lime sherbet, pineapple, spice, musky florals and steel seem riper and richer than usual, and the palate follows suit with great depth and minerally power, tingly acid backbone, firm structure and lingering finish. It will no doubt build more complexity in bottle, but it may be a Polish Hill to drink a little earlier than many previous vintages. 95 points.