2019

Grosset ‘Polish Hill’ Clare Valley Riesling (Organic)

Australia, Clare Valley

5.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)

From ‘The King of Riesling’, this hard rock site is overlaid with silty, low fertility soils, producing restrained, steely, pure wines. The Polish Hill vineyard was planted in 1996, following years of research into the effect of soil, rock and altitude on Riesling. Certified Organic, Practising Biodynamic, Vegetarian, Vegan.

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£36.50

Origin

The eight hectare Polish Hill vineyard (ACO certified organic) is planted at 460 metres altitude and just five kilometres from Springvale. The low fertility soils of this hard rock site are composed of silt and shallow shales over a thin crust of clay and gravel. The vines have to work harder than those at Springvale and so produce small, thick-skinned berries with bunches weighing just 100 grams.

Grape Variety

100% Riesling.

The organic grapes were hand harvested and delivered promptly to the winery in small parcels, where they were crushed and destemmed. The fruit was then gently pressed and the free run juice was inoculated with neutral yeasts to preserve the natural expression of the vineyard in the final wine. Fermentation lasted two weeks and took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks in separate batches according to clone and vine age before blending and bottling.

Alcohol Percentage

12.5%

Cellar Potential

Drink now or will keep for 8-10 years.

Producer

Jeffrey Grosset established his winery in 1981 in the historic township of Auburn, Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide. The winery is stylish and functional and reflects the attention to detail that extends to the Grosset estate-owned vineyards and winemaking. Jeff is best known for his Rieslings which have shown a consistency of style and quality, making this one of Australia’s greatest wineries. By combining a disciplined approach and decades of experience, Grosset consistently achieves the purest expression of variety and place.

Food Match

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.

Certified Organic, Practising Biodynamic, Vegetarian, Vegan.

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

1 review for Grosset ‘Polish Hill’ Clare Valley Riesling (Organic)

  1. Paul
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This was really very nice, I have not drunk much white wine before but wanted to try some. I relied on the winetrust100 MWS rating and as usual this turned out to be a good move. This wine is very crisp and refreshing and everyone who tried it was impressed.

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