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Grosset - 'Polish Hill' Clare Valley Riesling 2016


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Clare Valley
  • Wine Maker: Jeffrey Grosset
  • Grape: Riesling
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2028
Duty/Vat Paid
Limited Stock: (3 btls)
WA: 94+ (2015) VS: 93 (2015) JR: 17.5+ (2015) WS: 91 (2015) JH: 97 (2016) WF: 95+ (2015) TS: 97 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

The 2012 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling has all the hallmarks of greatness: it’s tightly constrained, uber-concentrated, steely, and zingy. There are lemon blossom and white flower aromatics, vibrant lemon pith and lime zest flavours with shaley minerality, taut and tightly coiled, before a long, ultra-dry finish featuring refreshing natural acidity. It is pristine, seamless, wonderfully detailed, and has great line and length. It may well be drinking at its peak into 2019 though (well cellared) it can be aged for much longer. Given the strength of the 2012 vintage in the Clare Valley, this release of the Polish Hill may well rival the 2002 and 1982 as the greatest ever..

Winery Information


Jeffrey Grosset has been making some of Australia?s best Riesling for the last 30 years. He established his winery in 1981 in the historic township of Auburn, Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide and the 2010 release is his 30th vintage. The winery is stylish and functional and reflects the attention to detail that extends to the Grosset estate-owned vineyards and winemaking. He hand picks and is meticulous not only in his selection but also in the way he treats the grapes once they.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)94+ pts

June 2016- Lisa Perrotti-Brown. The coy, youthfully mute 2015 Riesling Polish Hill has a mineral and wet pebble laced nose over notes of lime leaves, yuzu and green mango. The dry, light-bodied palate is positively charged with electric citrus fruit that carries straight through the very, very long finish. It really needs 4-5 years in bottle before it enters its drinking window.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)93 pts

March 2016 - Pale, green-tinged yellow. High-pitched aromas of citrus fruits and flower, with an intense mineral overtone. Vibrant and linear on the palate, offering juicy lime and green apple flavors that deepen slowly through the mid-palate. Shows an emphatic stony character on the incisive, impressively long finish, leaving behind sappy citrus fruit and honeysuckle notes. -- Josh Raynolds (2015)17.5+ pts

Tasted Sept '15 - Seriously intense nose. More obvious ‘minerality’ than the Springvale 2015. Crystalline with a great spread of refined fruit. Not a hint of sweetness. Much more reserved and a little more austere than the Springvale but admirably persistent.

Wine Spectator (2015)91 pts

There's a floral backdrop of chamomile to the lithe lime, green apple and white pepper notes. Finds a way to be both powerful and subtle.

James Halliday (2016)97 pts

As always, made using free-run juice, and 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 the DNA of this classic wine, underlining its spring day freshness.

Wine Front (2015)95+ pts

’ve been admiring this Polish Hill Riesling over the past 24 hours. It’s grown on the 8 hectare Polish Hill vineyard, which is about five kilometres from the Springvale vineyard (as the crow flies). It’s purity personified. This of course is what you would expect of a Grosset Polish Hill riesling, but this release presents a particularly intense portrayal of lemon and lime flavours, its slatey, spicy, zesty inflections crushed down and compounded into a chalk-like finish. It has power, it has length, and it is pristine.

Tyson Stelzer (2014)97 pts

In fragrance, purity, energy and slatey mineral texture, Polish Hill transcends a season of extreme heat and rain. The riesling of the year to date, and set to live confidently for the long-term.

Vinification Notes

Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Each section of vineyard and clone was kept separate resulting in 6 different components for possible inclusion in the final blend. Fermentation was carried out with neutral yeast at relatively high temperatures (15 - 18°C). There was no skin contact at all, and only the free-run juice was used. No fining is necessary.