The 12th consecutive vintage we have reviewed here, and none of them below 90 point. The quality of this wine, and Clare Valley riesling in general, is extraordinarily consistent. Grosset Polish Hill is organically grown. It’s zingy and zesty with elevated fennel and a slight spritz. It’s fragrant, punchy with lime rind notes, more or less open for general business though tight and chalky through the finish. In short, pitch perfect. 93+ points, Campbell Mattinson.
The Clare ValleyThe Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.