Jeffrey Grosset "Polish Hill" Riesling
Jeff Grosset believes the 2008 harvest has brought with it a great Polish Hill Riesling, certainly the best under this label since 2002. The aromatics are restrained with hints of limey minerality while the palate is vibrant, long and deep with intense slatey, quartzy minerality and mouthwatering limey, lemony notes. This is a beautifully balanced Riesling of great finesse that needs time to show it at its best.
Grosset Wines is an independently owned winery in the Clare Valley that produces six wines each vintage. Grosset was established in 1981 by Jeffrey Grosset in the township of Auburn, Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide.
VINEYARD & VINTAGE
Grosset Polish Hill is a single site wine from the Polish Hill vineyard, planted at 460 metres above sea level on sandy loam over shallow clay with underlying gravel, shale and slate. Like the Watervale, it has been made each year since 1981.
This vintage produced some outstanding quality fruit which offered great potential, provided harvesting occurred at the precise moment the grapes were ready. The Grosset winery was redesigned four years ago to deal with the most extreme seasons when harvesting must occur very quickly. Such were the conditions in 2008 when, due to extreme weather on the horizon, there was a small window of time in which fruit was to be harvested in order to avoid compromise. As these 2008 releases show, everything worked as planned, reinforcing the wisdom of good design and preparation, and in a world of increasing outsourcing, the benefits of ownership.
Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tank. Each section of vineyard and clone was kept separate resulting in 6 different components for possible inclusion in the final blend. Fermentation was carried out with neutral yeast at relatively high temperatures (15 – 18°C). There was no skin contact at all, and only the free-run juice was used. No fining is practiced or necessary due to the hand picking and fruit selection at harvest when appropriate.
The Independent Magazine, Anthony Rose Nov 2008
“Australia’s best Riesling, the taut mineral 2008.”