Jeffrey Grosset set the bar for Clare Riesling and no one has ever come close to consistently catching up to his standard. Since 1981 his winery in Auburn, Clare Valley and the man himself have won countless awards and accolades, not least of which was being named as one of Decanters Top 10 White Winemakers. A class act, his wines from other varieties and regions are no less impressive.
One of the great wines of Australia. Sometimes I think the Watervale is better but the Polish Hill is the one that seems to have the most soul and character. It is not always the most open and expressive Riesling when young but there are complex and subtle characters from day one. Open a newly arrived bottle and it will change over hours and days if you let it. While it is great young, the quality of this wine shows with age. After the 10 year mark it really hits a high point and can hold it for another 10 years or so. Food matching is hard. When young I suggest simple and elegant food in a Japanese tradition, when older you can go bolder like crab or crayfish.
One of the great wine regions of Australia. Known for its boney, citric Rieslings that build flesh with bottle age – a classic Australian style. It can also make some lovely Shiraz and Cabernet.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.