Look on the wine lists of Australia’s finest restaurants and you’ll be sure to find the Grosset Polish Hill Riesling, often with more than one vintage on offer: such is the strength its reputation has amassed over its thirty two consecutive vintages back to 1981. Two key factors that delight sommeliers are its consistency and its capacity to age.
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.
- SA - Clare Valley
- South Australia
The most sublime Polish Hills are breathtakingly gorgeous in their youth, and 2012 is the equal of the finest. Then it goes further. I cannot recall an Australian riesling of such refined poise, utter calm, magnificent concentration and devastating purity. Glorious white lilies and granny smith apple blossom glide through a bouquet of focused lime fruit and perfectly ripe lemons. The flow of fruit precision on the palate is an epiphany, every bit as hauntingly perfumed as the bouquet. Polish Hill slate surges in a cascade of mineral texture of profound depth and presence, rippling onward with unrelenting perseverance. Grosset Polish Hill 2012 is every bit worthy of the highest score I have awarded any Australian riesling – and, for that matter, any wine under $50. Don’t miss this crucial chapter in Australian riesling history.
Rating 98 - Drink: 2012-2014 or 2022-2032. Tyson Stelzer (24/AUG2012)
Winery 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.
Enjoy now, or cellar six to fifteen years