Austerity, structure and densely packed fruit are hallmarks of the red blend produced from this site. While the 2008 is more approachable than many of the Grosset ‘Gaia’ on release, it still has many of the characteristics that make it a wine which deserves cellaring.
- SA - Clare Valley
- South Australia
This blend of cab sav and cab franc really responded to airing… A wine of great elegance and intensity, tight structure and firm backbone, with penetration and length. Rating 94 & 5 Stars - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine (AUG/SEP 2011)
An estate-grown blend of Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot with a fragrant, almost flowery, bouquet; the accent on fresh fruit remains the central theme of the bouquet and palate alike. Easily evaded the heat bullet of ’08.Rating 94 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (JUL/2011)
Distinguished Cabernet without waiting half a lifetime to let it out? Bring it on! By Gaia standards, it’s plump and plush with sweet fruit, rich dark chocolate and tannin presence. Rating 92 - Tyson Stelzer, Wine 100 in WBM Magazine (June/2011)
A complex, multilayered, charming cabernet-based red from Jeff Grosset, the master of riesling who makes great wine across several varieties. The wine has good backbone, intensity and a multiplicity of flavours revolving around red and black fruits, savoury oak-derived characters and spices. Now to 2025. Food: Mild Indian curries. Huon Hooke, Good Living Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald (10/May/2011)
This year’s release of Grosset Gaia is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (75 percent), cabernet franc (20 percent) and merlot. It tastes ripe and raisiny but it certainly doesn’t want for flavour. It sits on the sweet side of the fruit spectrum with notes of malt and sweet grasses, heightened blackcurrant/cassis/truffles and toast. It feels like a short-to-medium term wine but it should develop admirable complexity along the way, and provide above-average drinking pleasure. Length is modest but the array of flavours here is good. Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front February 15 2011
Winery Tasting Notes
A blend of cabernet sauvignon (75%), cabernet franc (20%) and merlot (5%).
Broodingly fragrant, has briary, brambley flavours that are powerful, concentrated and opulent. There’s a fleshy smoothness to the mid-palate and substantial, yet fine, tannins on a finish of considerable power.
Grosset Gaia is produced from vines that are pruned, trained and harvested by hand. The wine is matured exclusively in French oak barriques, fifty percent of which are new, then bottled and allowed to settle for a further twelve months before release. As with every Grosset release for more than a decade, this wine has no added tannin and has not been fined.
Cellar 4-15 years but can be enjoyed now.
'Gaia is one of the most astonishing vineyards you’ll see. Planted at 570 metres, at the highest point of the Clare Valley, the vineyard is an elongated triangular wedge of emerald green that sits above the rolling golden cornfields of the Clare Valley. Named after James Lovelock’s books, Gaia is a metaphor for the importance of the diversity and complexity of species.’Extracted from ‘The Red Revolution’ by Anthony Rose, The Independent (UK) November 2002.