Grosset Wines philosophy has remained steadfast over thirty years. The emphasis is on purity of fruit. The organically managed vineyards are hand tended, and each bunch of grapes is harvested at optimum ripeness. The winemaking process is gentle and uncomplicated. With dedication, discipline and the application of knowledge garnered through decades of experience, the result is the finest expression of variety and place.
A meticulously hand-tended vineyard matched by the same attention to detail in the winery, combined with an unusually cool, mild summer which heralded the earliest picking date in 35 years has resulted in a remarkable Grosset Polish Hill Riesling for Grosset. As you’d expect from this wine, it’s quite shy in its infancy, though still with distinct chalky, minerally aromatics. It is amazingly intense showing shaley minerally flavours with a hint of lime juice, tightly coiled around a steely backbone, persistent, deep, and long. The finish is linear, crisp and ultra dry yet with impeccable balance. While it will improve immeasurably with time in the bottle that balance gives it an approachability especially when consumed with a platter of natural oysters or a dish of poached whiting fillets with a squeeze of lime.
It's the explosive flavours of the Grosset Polish Hill 2016 that distinguish this vintage with power and tremendous intensity of flavour. The bouquet has lavender, a touch of lime and some minerally notes while the palate has surprising generosity, lime juice characters and some characteristic chalkiness. It is tight, uber-fine with steely structure, before a dry finish featuring pure natural acidity and hints of schisty mineralogy. While there's no doubting its longevity, there will be many who will love this Polish Hill in its youth.
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. Drink by: 2031; Price: $54.00; Date Tasted: Aug 2016; Alcohol: 12.7%; Rating: 97 Points; Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of 2016; James Halliday Wine Companion
Intense aromas of lemon and lime, a very fine, racy wine with great line and length. It’s a leaner wine than Springvale but still remarkably up-front and accessible already. The finish is refreshing and cleansing. A superb young riesling. 96 Points. Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com, September 2016
Blistering intensity, inward concentration, lace-work wrought with steel. It starts with evocative scents of lime, wet slate, frangipani, tonic water. The palate sets off with velocity but finds a light lime-and-tonic juiciness, slate-like minerality and crisp tug to fruit and acidity. No hair out of place. It’s epically long, furious in energy, beautiful drinking albeit austere right now. Total Classic. 95+ Points. Mike Bennie, Winefront, 24 August 2016
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