Archive for the ‘Clare Valley’ category

Grosset Watervale Riesling 2002

April 25, 2008

I love Rieslings, generally the older the better. Top vintages from good producers like Grosset are always a treat. The one’s from 2002 still show so much slatey acidity that I’m sure they have another decade ahead. They taste so good after 3 to 4 years though that I’m afraid this was my last bottle. Bright gold in the glass the wine offers everything you want from an aged Riesling. Intense aromas of lime, citrus and apple still dominate the nose with sublte spice, floral, toasty and honeyed tones adding complexity and depth. The palate is succulent and mellow yet wonderfully balanced by vibrant acid that runs through the wine as a fresh mountain stream. So good that I couldn’t wait. 94 points.

Source: Fine Wine Wholesalers  Price: $37  Drink: Now-2015


Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2007

October 1, 2007

img_3694.jpgAs always I am on the lookout for the newly released Australian Rieslings, especially the ones from the Clare Valley. About 8 weeks ago the 2007 Rieslings from O’Leary Walker past my lips. Fresh as a daisy both the Watervale and Polish Hill initially looked somewhat aggressive on the palate. When I revisited the same wines a week ago the fruit and acid had married really well, reassuring that I find it difficult to assess very young Riesling. The Polish Hill Riesling from Jeffrey Grosset is still considered young one year after its release. But who wants to wait that long? Pale straw in colour with a nose of apple and lemon blossom, lime, herbal and spicy aromas that leap out of the glass. The palate is already pretty open and complex but with the same lively purity, zestiness, delicacy and balance that can be expected of this wine that finishes long and firm. I reckon this vintage Polish Hill can be enjoyed straight away. 93 points.

Source: Fine Wine Wholesalers  Price: $45  Drink: Now-2013+


Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2006

March 21, 2007

People often ask me why I love Riesling so much. The easiest answer on this question is because this variety produces low alcohol, food-friendly and refreshing wines that drink very easily in our warm climate.  And besides that the best examples can often be kept in the cellar for more than 10 years. It is not as simple as it seems though and the real explanation for my love goes as deep as vines roots in slaty soil. It is in fact the grapes ability to express itself and its terroir in the purest form that really intrigues me, the grape playing the starring role while good winemaking only helps it to achieve the ultimate expression. For top quality Riesling this means giving an incredible amount of attention to details in the vineyard and its grapes, starting from site selection to shoot thinning, bunch thinning and hand-picking of only healthy and fully ripened fruit. The winemaking has to focus on the preservation of freshness and character through quick processing of free-run juice and a non-interventionist approach. It all sounds logical but there are only a few winemakers who show this dedication to quality. One of them is Jeffrey Grosset, producer of the reknowned Polish Hill and Watervale Rieslings from the Clare Valley. The 2002 and 2005 vintages of these wines were great but the quality of Grosset’s Rieslings is so consistent that they are always worth every cent. The 2006 Polish Hill is another benchmark Clare Valley Riesling with all its typical characters. Is has an intense nose of lime and minerals with a hint of green herbs. The palate is not as tight as I expected it to be where the balance is just impeccable. It finishes fresh, vibrant and long and leaves you with the feeling that its power is still restrained. 93 points.

Source: Fine Wines Wholesalers Price: $44 Drink: 2008-2015+