Grosset Gaia 2006
After a Gaia that was more approachable at a younger age from the 2005 vintage, it’s back to the more austere, structured, densely packed red with which we are familiar in 2006. As usual, it’s a wine that speaks loudly of its site – the rugged, austere moonscape of the Grosset Gaia vineyard on the slopes of a windswept hill close to Clare’s highest point. The blend itself in the newly released vintage is cabernet sauvignon (75%), cabernet franc (20%) and merlot (5%) and is an outstanding wine: powerful, opulent, ultra-concentrated, ungiving at present but promising a great deal after careful cellaring. There’s briary, blackcurrant flavours along with chalky, earthy, minerally characters all tightly coiled and balanced by ripe, fine-knit tannins patiently waiting for time to reveal all. There’s complexity and elegance here, too: but only the patient will see it at its best.
The Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2010 www.matthewjukes.com May 2010
Gaia is one of those wonderfully vintage dependant wines which can sometimes look belligerent and often a little too eclectic over people’s tastes in its youth. It is always a privilege to taste the wine from this incredibly special vineyard site and in 2006 Jeffrey has made an exceptionally finely-tuned and delicious (dare I say, crowd-pleasing) red wine – this is a flattering vintage, to be sure. All of the Gaia herbs and spices are there and none of the minerality is missing, but this time there is a plushness to the fruit which gives it an extra dimension of appeal.
James Halliday ‘Australian Wine Companion’ 2010 Edition
Pristine colour; a complex and appealing mix of red and blackcurrant, black olive, a dash of herbs, and beautifully handled oak; the palate is surprisingly generous and open knit, but offers a long, fine, ample and seductive fine-grained tannin finish; beautiful balance, as befits the name. 95 points
Ray Jordan ‘West Australian’ West Weekend Magazine – Living Legends 25 April 2009
Stunning three-blend red from this very good South Australian vintage. Grosset has nailed it, producing a wine of extraordinary polish, elegance and style, yet immensely powerful and effortlessly long. Wonderful oak treatment, with ripe tannins and opulent fruit contributing to a silky-smooth palate. Top drawer stuff. 96 points