The Gaia Vineyard is named after James Lovelock’s original book (Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth). Lovelock proposed the Gaia Hypothesis, now Gaia Theory, that the Earth is a single organism, reliant on the complexity and diversity of its species to maintain ecological health.
Only 900 dozen produced
- SA - Clare Valley
- South Australia
A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc drawn from a windswept, isolated Clare Valley vineyard that sits at 570m above sea level, in one of the highest spots in the Clare. Planted in the early 80s exclusively to Caberent Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. I’ve not seen the Gaia vineyard, but those that have remarked about its sense of ‘specialness’ and uncompromised, knife edge feel.
This, suitably, feels knife edge ripe too, dancing between leafy, blackcurrant, menthol and cedar Cabernet characters, with varietal definition favoured over fruit sweetness, topped off with a little regional mint chocolate. Early picked this is for sure fresher and lively smelling for it. Beautiful.
The palate, too, has a high acid crunch, the tannins leafy, vibrant and oh-so-perfectly delineated, the fruit integrated, dry and blackcurranty (but not strictly fruity). In some ways that palate is too firm, too backward and too leafy to love now but the line are very neatly drawn indeed. Superb.
Rating 94+ Andrew Graham, www.ozwinereview.com, 1 April 2013
Medium-bodied and even-tempered. Is guaranteed to perform well in the cellar. Tastes of blackcurrant and mulberry, hay and earth and mint. Glossy, gummy, smooth-skinned texture. Feels effortless as it rolls through your mouth. Juicy acidity stands right on the edge of distraction – without stepping over. Cool climate edges. Excellent red blend from the Clare.
Rating 92+ Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au, 17 February 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
This is another outstanding vintage for the most weighty and powerful of the Grosset wines and a red that will satisfy the purists being more restrained and slightly less immediately approachable than the 2009. It is likely to be even more ageworthy than its predecessor. The 2010 Gaia is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (85%) and cabernet franc (15%) from a single site of the Clare Valley’s highest altitude vineyard.
This is wonderfully fragrant, brooding and briary with spice, wild herb overtones and a hint of schisty minerality.
The palate is reserved and restrained with some primal mulberry and blackcurrant flavours made complex by savoury minerality. It is dense and opulent, less fruity than most Australian cabernet blends, powerful and chewy, tightly structured and finishes with fine, grainy tannins and shaley minerally notes. Expect it to become more approachable over the next five years and drinking beautifully from ten years of age.
Enjoy now, or cellar 4-15 years.