Grosset Gaia 2002
Still a pup! An excellent vintage for Gaia but offering the consumer much the same dilemma that it did when it was first released. As then, this is a very approachable Gaia: soft in the mid-palate with silky smooth texture offering a hint that it is mellowing. However it is tightly structured with seamlessly integrated oak and fine, ripe yet firm tannins to finish. Still in the first flush of fruitiness – bold, ripe, plummy perfumes, deep blackcurrant and mulberry flavours, but with hints of briary, earthy notes that suggest complexity is but a breath away.
Campbell Mattinson ‘Winefront Monthly’ Top 25 May 2004
A pearler. A terrific cabernet. Full of style and length and varietal integrity, with a spout of dust and stone and perfumed herbs leading the way. It’s backed up by a slide of pure blackcurrant, finishes with a carve of tannins and seems destined to live a long, healthy, useful life. Near perfect varietal cabernet. 94 points
Philip White ‘The Advertiser’ Tasted 7 July 2004
Gingery oak teases the pretty floral tones of the cabernet franc from this blend – no variety sucks oak more greedily. It’s like the fresh pencil tones of Grosset’s first Clare reds, twenty something years ago. But this shows more elegance and poise than those: it’s fresh, cheeky, yet long and gentle, and beautifully preserved under that screw. It will live forever. 94 points
Huon Hooke ‘Gourmet Traveller Wine’ Summer 2004/05
2002 Grosset Gaia. This 75 per cent cabernet sauvignon, with some franc and merlot, has superb concentration and vibrancy. Oliveacious aromas, good density, firm grip, and a nice, fleshy palate with ripe, fine-grained tannins in support. Superb balance and ageing potential.