Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2007

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2007

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Polish Hill River, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Style: White Wine

Variety: Riesling

Closure: Screwcap

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Producer: Grosset

Country: Australia

Region: Clare Valley

Vintage: 2007

Critic Score: 96

Alcohol: 13.0%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: Now

This is a superb Riesling. It has dimension and distinction, finishing with mouth-watering acidity - Huon Hooke

The Grosset Polish Hill Riesling is arguably Australia's best Riesling and one of the New World's greatest Rieslings. For many years it has been a benchmark wine for the Clare Valley. The wine possesses wonderful perfume, incredible fruit purity and intensity of flavour, has great finesse and ages spectacularly. The first vintage of the Grosset Polish Hill Riesling was produced in 1981.

"This long-lived beautifully aromatic and concentrated wine does much to define great Clare Valley Riesling."  Andrew Caillard MW

Langton's classifies Grosset Polish Hill Riesling as 'Exceptional'. Only 17 wines in total make this grade, of which only 3 are white wines. 

"Terrific steely intent, this is a statement of the Polish Hill River sub-region's savoury power and precision.  Flinty nose, restrained and striking, smells like wet slate.  Sporting a fine and intense palate, Grosset has harnessed another winner, delivering concentration with marksman-like focus.  One for the long term."  Nick Stock

"Careful work in the vineyard, especially with fruit thinning to compensate for the dry conditions leading up to harvest, meant that 2007 was yet another good year for 'Polish Hill' Riesling. With the fruit coming solely from the Grosset Polish Hill Vineyard, the wine is very much in the style that followers of Grosset have learnt to expect over the previous 26 vintages. It has gentle aromatics with some lemony, lime aromas, mouth-puckering zesty lime and slatey, minerally quartz characters, is tightly coiled on a lean, austere palate before a taut, racy finish that lingers long and ultra-dry. The 2007 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling has finesse, delicacy and balance and yet is bound in a stark, steely frame that time will transform. An extraordinary and seamless wine that has appeal now and one that should show that drought need not mean compromise."  Grosset

Expert reviews

"A penetrative musky perfume of lime juice, lemon and piercing floral aromas precedes a long, juicy and tightly focused palate of exceptional length and concentration that culminates in a bracingly austere finish of brittle acidity. Beautifully controlled and presented, it reflects the extreme degree of additional attention received by this vineyard in a most challenging season. Drink 2019-2027."  Jeremy Oliver - 96 points

"There is something about this that just says class. A superb aroma of lemon/citrus, straw/dried herbs and an extra dimension of flavour in the mouth. Lively acid adds to a mouth-watering finish that lingers long. Cellar for 10+ years."  Gourmet Traveller Wine Dec/Jan 2008 - 95 points  ★★★★★

"It may not have been a vintage to remember in most of South Australia, but this is a superb riesling that shows most of its opposition a clean pair of heels.  The nose is bright and appealing with lots of lemon-citrus aromas plus straw and dried-herb inflections.  The palate flavour is very intense and more complex than usual for a baby riesling.  It has dimension and distinction, finishing with mouth-watering acidity and a lingering, clean aftertaste.  It tastes as if it should age well but '07s should be treated warily in the cellar because of the heat and drought.  Best now to five years."  Huon Hooke, The Sydney Morning Herald – 95 points

"Australia's best riesling?  The '07 of this ultra consistent Clare Valley wine makes a convincing argument to support the proposition.  Its tight, steel-like nose has impressive essence and varietal purity.  Lime, floral and cinnamon-like aromas lead to a rich mid-palate of elegant structure, ahead of a long finish of great finesse and presence. Ageing?  Yes, two to 10 years."  Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Epicure Uncorked  ★★★★★

"Terrific steely intent, this is a statement of the Polish Hill River sub-region's savoury power and precision.  Flinty nose, restrained and striking, smells like wet slate.  Sporting a fine and intense palate, Grosset has harnessed another winner, delivering concentration with marksman-like focus. One for the long term."  Nick Stock, Wine Business Monthly – 94 points

"Clare Valley winemaker Jeffrey Grosset must feel like the fastest gun in the west, as each year a slew of riesling producers try to capture his crown as the nation's leading exponent.  For now, Grosset has his reputation intact.  This is the most expensive riesling on the market and it is sensational: bone-dry with style and character."  Jeff Collerson, Daily Telegraph - Top Drop

Polish hill vineyard 

Grosset Polish Hill Vineyard

The Grosset Polish Hill Vineyard is an eight‑hectare, organically certified vineyard in the Clare Valley. The vineyard is named after the nearby Hill River Settlement established by Polish immigrants in the 1840s. The vineyard is relatively close-planted and comprises three clones of Riesling, two German and one rare local clone, and produces an average of just two bottles of wine per vine.

Located on a hard rock site at an elevation of 460-480 metres, the gently sloping vineyard sits on silt and shallow shales over a thin crust of clay and gravel, on top of a bed of blue slate estimated to be 500 million years old. The vines struggle to draw nutrients from the soil, so the bunches and berries are small and thick skinned. This vineyard exemplifies how old-rock profiles can contribute to a wine's character.  

The vines are dry-grown on a modified ballerina trellising system, and completely hand tended and organically farmed. A major challenge of this site is the variability in vigour from one vine to the next. This demands more intense labour input and hand-tending skill – varied to suit each vine – to achieve balanced vine growth and even fruit ripening. Vintage takes place in early April, normally a few weeks later than the Springvale Vineyard in Watervale.

"The Grosset Polish Hill Riesling has incredible perfume and fruit purity, the lime/floral fruit profile balanced by a fine cut of acidity. This long-lived beautifully aromatic and concentrated wine does much to define great Clare Valley Riesling."  Andrew Caillard MW

Grosset Vineyards Map

 The four Grosset estate-owned vineyards

About Jeffrey Grosset

Jeffrey Grosset

"Jeffrey Grosset wears the unchallenged mantle of Australia's foremost riesling maker. Grosset's pre-eminence is recognised both domestically and internationally."  James Halliday

Grosset was 15 when his father, an electrician, came home with a bottle of wine and shared it with the family. It was riesling and Jeffrey was gobsmacked. So began the Grosset story. The following year Jeffrey enrolled at Roseworthy Agricultural College, completing an Agriculture degree in 1973 and an Oenology degree in 1975. At the age of 21 Jeffrey started work at Seppelt Great Western, before heading to a German winery with a 1000-tonne crush as assistant winemaker, only to find the chosen French winemaker had changed his mind, leaving Grosset in charge. He subsequently returned to Australia and worked at Lindeman's Karadoc winery with its 30,000-tonne crush. But ultimately he wanted to start his own label.

In 1981 Jeffrey purchased an old milk depot in the historic township of Auburn 1981 and established Grosset Wines. He produced four wines that vintage under his own label, 800 dozen bottles in total. Now, 42 years later, Grosset is regarded as arguably the best maker of riesling in Australia and produces nine wines and 11,000 bottles per vintage. 

Grosset is not shy about challenging tradition and questioning accepted practices. In the late 1980s, he was the leader of a successful movement to only allow the use of the word Riesling on Australian wines that were made specifically from the Riesling grape. Until that point, a significant number of Australian wines with Riesling on their label were made from other grape varieties. 

Grosset was also the driving force behind a decision in 2000 by Clare Valley Riesling producers to switch to screwcap closures for their wines and to encourage Australian and New Zealand winemakers to do the same, and for the public, retailers and media to embrace the change. He continues to privately fund research into the subject.

Next, he established the Grosset Gaia Fund, donating to charities supporting youth, the arts and the environment. Recently he has led the way for Australian winemakers to use blockchain technology for verification of product provenance, authenticity and seal integrity.

Jeffrey Grosset has received a great deal of local and international recognition for his winemaking. In 1998, he was the first recipient of "Australian Winemaker of the Year" from Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine and was named the "International Riesling Winemaker of the Year" at the Riesling Summit in Hamburg, Germany. He was nominated in 2005 as one of the world's "50 Most Influential Winemakers" by Wine & Spirits and in 2006, named as one of the "Top 10 White Winemakers" in the world by Decanter magazine. 

Grosset's philosophy has remained steadfast over the years, the emphasis is on purity of fruit. The estate vineyards, which are ACO certified organic, are hand-tended and each bunch of grapes is harvested at optimum ripeness. The winemaking process is gentle and uncomplicated. With dedication, discipline and the application of knowledge garnered through decades of experience, the result is the finest expression of variety and place.

Wine region map of South Australia

South Australia

South Australian is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. It is home to more than 900 wineries across 18 wine regions. The regions are Adelaide Hills, Adelaide Plains, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Currency Creek, Eden Valley, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, Padthaway, Riverland, Robe, Southern Fleurieu, Southern Flinders Ranges and Wrattonbully.

Many of the well-known names in the South Australian wine industry established their first vineyards in the late 1830s and early 1840s. The first vines in McLaren Vale were planted at Reynella in 1839 and Penfold's established Magill Estate on the outskirts of Adelaide in 1844.

South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the State to be able to produce a range of grape varieties - from cool climate Riesling in the Clare and Eden Vallies to the big, full bodied Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Two of Australia's best-known wines, Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, are produced here. There is much to discover in South Australia for the wine lover.