Clare Valley , SAVintage:
Defined by its intensity and ultra-dry character that thrills from start to finish. Voluminous floral aromatics, with hints of lavender.
Polish Hill Riesling produces an exuberant youthfulness that gives vitality to a palate fleshed out by concentrated lime juice.
A spectacular vintage with layer upon layer of powerful lime juice aromatics against a backdrop of enticing florals. The palate is intense with lime pith flavours, weight, power and a crisp, ultra-dry finish that lingers. It has the structure and intensity of flavour to become one of the great vintages. Cellar? ‘As long as you like’ says Jeff – up to 25 years, or drink now.
‘Australia’s Most Collected Riesling’
Tyson Stelzer, WBM, November/December 2020
In the most extreme seasons, the greatest sites prove their mettle, and in this drought vintage, the precision and purity of Polish Hill increases the daylight between this and mere mortal Clare Valley Rieslings. Delightful apple blossom perfume meets pristine lemon purity, steadied by precise acid line that transcends the fine phenolic grip of the season. It hovers, larger and lighter than life. 95 points.
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, September 2020
Light, bright yellow hue. Reserved, discreet, subtly yeasty aromas, bright and clean and scented with dried flowers. It’s very intense in the mouth, showing concentration and drive, the juicy fruit of the fore-palate morphing into a firm, dry back-palate and a long tail. An excellent wine, of superior fruit intensity and persistence. Great cellaring potential. 96 points.
Erin Larkin, erinlarkin.com.au, August 2020
This is a wine that is overlaid on itself: citrus fruit, jasmine florals and pith are draped over white pepper, jasmine tea and sea salt; these layers are fixed to the firm acid and phenolic structure that is the flesh and body of this wine. This is a tightly packed, savoury, serious, searing riesling with authority and gravitas. The length of flavour is something to behold. There is a lightness and a purity in 2020 that confirms life and lift – where the ’19 had a warmth and sunshine in it – this is dappled shade and cool breeze.97 points.