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.
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.
Drink now or will keep for 8-10 years.
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.
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