The Polish Hill vineyards sit on a bed of blue slate subsoil - which could not be better for production of high quality Riesling grapes - overlaid by a thin layer of silt, shale, clay and gravel. The soils are especially poor here, which forces the vine’s roots to go deeper to pick up precious nutrients and water.
The estate vineyards, which are ACO certified organic, are cultivated by hand and grapes harvested at optimum ripeness.
Harvested grapes are crushed and destemmed, the juice then extracted. Fermentation at controlled temperatures follows in stainless steel tanks over a period of two weeks; naturally occurring yeasts are used as they help preserve the natural character of the grape and expression of the terroir.
Drink now or will keep for 8-10 years.
Grosset is an independent winery established in the south of the Clare Valley region. Jeffrey Grosset, highly respected founder and current owner, is internationally recognised by the likes of Decanter as one of the ‘Top 10 White Winemakers’. Production is small and focused - capped at 11,000 cases of 7 premium wines annually - with grapes sourced from their 4 vineyards further north in the heart of the Clare Valley.
Enough acidity to cope with oysters but if you like crisp wines you really can drink it on its own (a bit of a sin but you can). It would do wonders for a baked trout or a beetroot risotto with goats cheese.
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
In the press
James Halliday's Top 100: 97 points
97 Points: Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Magazine (December 2016 Issue) "Exceptional. From slate soils, this is a firm, tightly coiled mineral style with a racy lemon nose and palate. Arresting acidity; bottled electricity."
"By the doyen of Riesling makers, a super-elegant, beautifully balanced and crafted Riesling that becomes steadily more impressive with each sip, the flavours of lime an lemon wreathed by slatey acidity. It has years of improvement in front of it, but one can hardly be blamed for enjoying it now."
Jancis Robinson, MW: 17.5 points
Wine Spectator: 91 points