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.
The significantly later harvest has produced an extraordinary ‘Polish Hill’. Voluminous floral aromatics, with hints of talc and lavender, produce an exuberant youthfulness that gives vitality to a palate fleshed out by concentrated lime juice. The tight structure is there without the steeliness; controlled power, intensity and that characteristic ultra-dry character that thrills on the finish.
Most would consider that Grosset Polish Hill is always produced from low yielding vines, so what happens when the Clare Valley's lack of winter rain results in the 'lowest yielding vintage for decades. Something special.
There are subtle yet distinct floral aromatics of violets and lavender, lemon and lime blossom perfumes that persist. This is different from the restraint and shyness of most 'Polish Hill' Riesling on release - and worth celebrating because of it. The intense, lime juice flavours and fine linear structure is more dramatic, more overtly tight than most of these wines. It is powerful, multi-layered, richly concentrated and has an immediacy on release that is rare with 'Polish Hill'. There are hints of schisty minerality on the long finish which is pristine, crisp and satisfying. While appealing now, this may well have greater cellaring potential than any other vintage of this Australian icon. Peter Forrestal.
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