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2019 Polish Hill River Riesling

NASAA certified organic grown and made since 2010, our 2019 Polish Hill River Riesling is looking exceptional.

Nick Walker Winemaker
  • Wine Club Members Price
  • Vegan
  • Organic




Clare Valley

Food Pairing





Light straw with green hues.


Talc and bath powder elevated by freshly squeezed lime.


Delicate minerality is beautifully balanced by crisp natural acidity.

Ageing Potential

Drinking beautifully now, however this will age gracefully for years to come.


Despite growing these vines organically since their planting in the 1970s, 2010 marked the first year of NASAA Organic Certification for these vineyards. Martin and Joan Smith and Molloy's vineyards are virtually next to each other in Polish Hill River, and consistently produce top quality fruit which highlights the excellence of this sub-region of the Clare Valley.

Grey loam acid soils over sandstone and slate make up the profile with much of the top soil littered with rock, proving just how tough the vines need to be to sustain growth and produce quality fruit. It is the slate of Polish Hill River, as opposed to the limestone of Watervale, that gives rise to the point of difference between these styles.


Fruit is harvested in the cool of night, de-stemmed, crushed and gently pressed. This restults in a fine free-run cut and a pressings component, with all batches kept separately in stainless stell tanks. The free-run juice is chilled to preserve the vineyard expression and purity of fruit. Once the juice has settled it is racked off solids and seeded with yeast. A cool, temperature controlled fermentation is carried out over 10-14 days. The wine is then chilled and filtered prior to bottling.  

Winemaker Notes

Enjoy with Sydney rock or Pacific oysters - this wine will make them sing!

Technical Details

Alcohol - 11.5%

pH - 2.82

Acidity - 7.40g/L

Awards & Reviews

96 points (gold) - Halliday Wine Companion

"Machine-harvested at night, destemmed and crushed, gently pressed for free-run. There's a sorbet-like energy and bounce to the wine, the crunchy electricity of the fruit on the palate exhilarating, driving the long finish." - James Halliday

95 points - Winsor Dobbin Wine of the Week

"I was all set to make the 2020 O'Leary Walker Watervale Riesling my wine of the week; having loved its freshness and clarity. I thought I'd better try its big brother first and viola: the best-value premium Clare Valley riesling shines again with its tightness, brightness and grapefruit citrus notes alongside chalky minerality. There is purity here, crisp acid on the finish and the wine is organically grown and made. If I had a case of this it would be gone before summer makes its bow. 95 points." - Winsor Dobbin

Notable Releases

September 2017|2008

Powerful florals, riverstone minerality and fine natural acid. A fantastic vintage for the Clare Valley, our 2017 Polish Hill River Riesling is delicately perfumed with bath powder and a hint of musk sticks.|The palate is fine and delicate with great acid balance. Rewards of careful cellaring show warm toasty, honey complexities. Gold Medal at the 2013 Royal Queensland Wine Show (Class 25).

David O'Leary|David O'Leary Winemaker|Winemaker


Awarded an outstanding 96 points from the Halliday Wine Companion, fruit for this wine is harvested in the cool of night, de-stemmed, crushed and gently pressed. A cool, temperature controlled fermentation is carried out over 10-14 days.

September 2011

Our 2011 Polish Hill River was recently awarded a gold medal at the prestigious 2020 International Wine Challenge in London. This Riesling drank wonderfully while young and lean, however has only improved with time, retaining kaffir lime and mandarin notes with the added complexity of almond and apricot on the bouquet.

David O'Leary Winemaker