`Polish Hill` Clare Valley Riesling

Clare Valley

Grosset

Jeffrey Grosset established his winery in 1981 in the historic township of Auburn,...

Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide. The winery is stylish and functional and reflects the attention to detail that extends to the Grosset estate-owned vineyards and winemaking. Jeff is best known for his iconic Rieslings - Polish Hill and Springvale - and he has almost single-handedly been responsible for the renaissance of Clare Valley Riesling. By combining a disciplined approach and decades of experience, Grosset consistently achieves the purest expression of variety and place.

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Vineyards

Located at the base of Mount Horrocks, at an elevation of 460 metres, the eight hectare Polish Hill vineyard is a 'hard rock' site with shallow shale and a thin crust of clay marl over slate. These thin soils hamper the roots' downward development, so the vines struggle. Relatively close-planted, a 'modified ballerina' training system provides ideal exposure. The fruit is typically small, in berry and bunch size. Only two bottles are produced from each vine.

Vintage Information

Vibrant, flavoursome and unblemished fruit from healthy vines made a promising start to what turned out to be the most exciting vintage in a decade. A warmer than average December was followed by normal temperatures, but a dry January. February began cool, with some much-needed rain before a string of warm, sunny days and cool nights, making for ideal harvest conditions.

Vinification

Grapes were hand harvested and delivered promptly to the winery in small parcels, where they were crushed and destemmed, although a small proportion of whole bunches were kept aside. The fruit was chilled and then gently pressed and settled in tank for five days at 0°C. Only the free run juice was used. Fermentation was carried out at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks to preserve clean, pristine varietal characters. The final wine was blended over a number of weeks before bottling in July 2016.

Tasting Notes

The 36th release of Polish Hill has explosive flavours that distinguish this vintage with power and tremendous intensity. The bouquet has lavender, a touch of lime and some mineral notes while the palate has surprising generosity, lime juice characters and some characteristic chalkiness. It is tight, super-fine with steely structure before a dry finish featuring pure natural acidity and hints of schist.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Riesling
Region Clare Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Jeff Grosset
Alcohol (ABV) 12.7%
Acidity 7.5g/l
Wine pH 2.89