Jeffery Grosset established the winery in 1981, in the historic town of Auburn in Clare Valley, which is cited 100km north of Adelaide. Grosset selected the site in a ‘U’ shaped dip in the Polish River sub-region, thereby establishing the single vineyard called Polish Hill, which has been voted as one of the 25 greatest vineyards in the world. The eight hectare Estate rests on the U shaped slope, which is over 500 million years old. The site is described as a ‘hard rock’ site, with little limestone, yet the terrior comprises of silt and shallow shale slate, over a thin crust of clay and gravel. This high preponderance of slate and classic ‘hard rock’ means the vines have to struggle for nutrients and therefore the bunches and berries remain small, the fruit flavours are delightfully lean and austere. Polish Hill mimics many of conditions found in the leading Riesling areas of Germany. As such Polish Hill is the benchmark Australian Riesling, bridging old and new world styles; it is appealing to old world lovers who recognise many of the melon, lime and mineral characteristics of German Riesling, combined with herbs, lavender and a wonderful backbone of minerality.
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