Region: Clare Valley
RRP: $70.00 Plus
As promised, I have gotten around to the most recognised Riesling in Australia. Grosset’s Polish Hill. At $70.00 a bottle, this is some serious stuff. Most Rieslings only command around the $30.00 mark tops here in Australia. This wine has such a successful history, that I am indeed keen to sample one of the Country’s best Rieslings.
Grosset wines make different varietals, but it is their Rieslings that dominate everything one knows about this winery. The wine under review tonight is their “Flagship Wine” and this wine is to them as Grange is to Penfolds. Therefore, my anticipation for this wine was nothing short of sheer child’s excitement.
What we get from this wine is something well polished and a mild yellow colour with a nice tinge of green on the hue.
The aromas from this wine are quite exceptional, there’s tropical fruit, nuances of pineapple, there is mineral depth there too, so expect talcum powder, then there is something that you wouldn’t expect from a Riesling. The smell of apricot. This wines roots are so entrenched into that limestone soil, that it absorbs and retains all that heat in the earth and thus it transmits, giving off such an aromatic wine in the glass. It literally leaps out of the glass an smacks you in the face. And when it comes to aroma, this is top marks for being able to numb out other smells in the room.
On the palate and there is a sweet lemon and lime fruit and zest it bullies sweetness, but it is snubbed out by a real mineral push. It is quite sharp and shows a good level of acidity which promotes this trait. However, everything is balanced, and though it is not quite ready for drinking now, I would know why you would want to consume this wine now if you had the chance. There is a bullying character to this wine after the mid palate also of fruit sweetness, acid and minerals battling all the way to the finish. This wine doesn’t want to give up without a fight and thus there is great length to this wine. If you give this wine another 7 years in the cellar at it will be absolutely splendid.
For Australia’s elite Riesling, I was not disappointed at all, this is the absolute pinnacle of what great a great Riesling should be. As this is my first Polish Hill, I am certain it will not be my last.
Not quite a shower, but definitely a grower.
Drink: Now – 2035 (However I would stick with that 7 years in the cellar pushing it to 2021)
Rating: 97/100 (I would expect this rating to go up to 98-99 with age on this wine)
The SA Wine Guy