Wednesday, October 20, 2010


- Clare Valley, SA
- $39-$56
- Screwcap
- 13.0%alc

Of all the wines now ranked 'Exceptional' by Langton's, I personally believe Grosset's Polish Hill to be the most consistent performer of the lot. Picking a favourite vintage of Grosset's icon is merely a matter of personal taste, as year in year out it never fails to impress.

The 2010 Polish Hill is notably softer and rounder on the nose than its 2010 Springvale stablemate, and although it lacks the sharp intensity of its Watervale sibling, it's still complemented by an attractively deep, perhaps more composed fragrance of pear, peach blossom, minerals and slate with a lime juice note that shows a hint of citric spritz. As romantically indicative of springtime as the fragrance is, it's completely overshadowed by a palate whose picture perfect composition of rich texture, spectacular acid structure and near infinite length lets loose a thrilling ride of great impact. White pear, slate, mineral and citrus nuances define its flavour profile well, but its domineering length, drawn out by a potent, mouth-watering acidity whose intensity washes in and out like waves crashing on a beach, is what sets this wine apart. To finish it's very austere and limey, but there's also a vivid touch of fizzy sherbet that keeps the vitality kicking till the end.

ü+ I recall Jeffrey Grosset telling me he was 'happy' with his 2010 rieslings. Forget that humble opinion, I'm borderline orgasmic over them. Drink to 2026.
97 points