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2016 Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling

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The Grosset Polish Hill Riesling is arguably the finest Riesling in the country. The certified organic eight hectare Polish Hill vineyard is at 460 metres altitude and is just five kilometres from Springvale. Its infertile, shaley soil is slightly acidic and its topsoil has a clay and shale crust. As the vines have to work hard, it produces smaller, distinctly flavoured and concentrated berries. Receiving 97 points from James Halliday and 96 points from Huon Hooke, you can gather this is one superb vintage of a truly great wine!

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Ageing potential: 6-15 years, up to 20 years

Fruit flavours: Intense cirtus and cool slate characters

Profile: Bone dry (zero fermentable sugar), intense and powerful with persistent length

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

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2016 Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2016 Vintage) says
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 2026
97
The Wine Front (2016 Vintage) says

Grosset is certified organic, something I think many overlook. This Polish Hill vineyard is often the metric standard for high end riesling in Australia. Grosset continues to be potent. More and more conversation about ‘connection to land’, as the PR says, but Grosset is putting his money where his mouth is and taking it beyond mere guff. Kudos.

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, elevated by a great year.

2017 - 2035
95

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