$612.00 / case
|Our Price: $51.00 / bottle (RRP: $60.00)||Case: 6 x 750ml|
Grosset Polish Hill is produced exclusively from the eight-hectare estate-owned Polish Hill Vineyard in the Clare Valley. The gently sloping site is comprised of silt and shallow shales over a thin crust of clay and gravel. This overlays a bed of blue slate, estimated to be around 500-million-years old.
This 'hard rock' site was originally part of a larger estate but was considered to be of limited agricultural value and so was sold off. The vines here struggle to draw nutrients from the soil, so the bunches and berries are small, and the fruit flavours lean and austere. Indeed, this vineyard exemplifies how old-rock profiles can contribute to a wine's character.
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.
A great 'Polish Hill' adding a touch of difference to the legend.
Ageing Potential: 6-15 years, up to 20 years
Source: Grosset Polish Hill Vineyard (ACO certified)
Fruit Flavours: Intense cirtus and cool slate characters
Profile: Bone dry (zero fermentable sugar), intense and powerful with persistent length
The 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 harder than those at Springvale, it produces smaller, distinctly flavoured and concentrated berries.
Relatively close-planted to three clones (two German and one local), this ACO Certified Organic vineyard is completely tended by hand; hand-pruning, shoot and crop adjustment and hand harvesting ensures the delivery of pristine quality fruit.
No tillage is employed and no fertilisers are introduced: a mix of natural and introduced clovers and grasses are maintained between the vines and allowed to self-seed.
Since the first striking example of Polish Hill Riesling in 1981, Grosset has maintained a gentle and uncomplicated winemaking approach which focuses on the purity of the fruit.
The challenging rocky profile of the site and consequent low yields, results in an average of two bottles of wine per vine being produced.
'This is a ravishing riesling of the highest order, X-factor multiplied. Throw up any part (flesh, juice, skin, pith) of lime or lemons of any kind, add ethereal acidity and marvel at the elegance and length of the palate. Jeffrey Grosset is the undisputed king of the Clare Valley.'
98 Points - James Halliday
'Light straw hue. Lovely fresh aromas of lemon pith, candlewax and creamy notes. The palate is crisp and lively with intense lime and lemon fruit flavour and balanced refreshing acidity. A superb young riesling. The intensity and crystalline clarity in both aroma and flavour is outstanding. It's shaping as one of the greatest Polish Hill rieslings ever.'
97 points - Huon Hooke
'Intensely aromatic, floral and citrusy, so fragrant, like a posy of flowers or pot pourri. Wonderful. Quite surprisingly delicate in the palate, sure, there's stacks of inward intensity, the finest yet firmest thread of acid through the core of citrus juice, minerals and green apple crunch. Pretty darn impressive here. Watch it fly.'
95 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front