A beautifully and elegant Riesling made in the German style with a touch of residual sugar. Jeff Grosset remains a true icon making some of Australia’s, and the world’s best Rieslings. His Alea Riesling offers both a great wine and an affordable price.
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Jeff Grosset noticed that the vineyards of the ‘Rockwood’ in Waterwale would naturally produce a wine with higher acidity, partly due to their higher altitude and poorer soil composition. The wines mimicked the characteristics that Jeff loved so much in great German Rieslings, so Jeff decided to make a Riesling in the more ‘Germanic style’. Keeping a little residual sugar which also bolsters the body, after three years of experimentation, the off-dry ‘Alea’ Riesling was born in 2012. Since then the wine has gone from strength to strength with its trademark nose of white flowers, kaffir lime leaves and generous acidity balanced out by the residual sugar, being a perfect accompaniment to Asia food.
94 | Halliday Wine Companion, James Halliday
Only just off-dry. Delicious - how could it not be - now, but will be a giant slayer with 5-10 years in bottle.
94 | JamesSuckling.com
The lime, peach and nectarine fruit here really takes front stage. Succulently presented on the palate. A really pure and powerful acid-fueled finish
Jeff Grosset makes some of the most extraordinary and age-worthy white wine in Australia. His Polish Hill Riesling is considered by many to be a true icon of the Clare Valley and stands as the flag bearer for true Australian dry Riesling. Having tasted a vertical of his wines spanning two decades, the thing that strikes you is how it carries its natural acidity so well, that it can be drunk well after 20+ years of cellaring! Grosset is old school, using organically farmed vineyards, tending everything by hand, and picking at optimal moment for grape ripeness.
The famous auction house Langton’s went on to create a classification for top Australian wines, not too dissimilar from that of Bordeaux in 1855 which put the likes of Chateau Lafite and Haut-Brion as ‘First Growth’ status. Grosset’s Polish Hill was one of three white wines and the only Riesling rated as ‘Exception’, which would carry the weight of Grand Cru status. If you haven't tried his wines, then you certainly need to. His wines are excellent at all price levels. More on the Langton’s classification here.