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. This is an outstanding vintage of the single vineyard, small volume Grosset cabernet blend. It has been farmed by Grosset without chemicals to encourage vineyard health and is pruned, trained and harvested by hand. In 2009, the ‘Gaia’ is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (75%) and cabernet franc (25%) matured in French barriques, fifty percent of which are new, then bottled and allowed to settle for twelve months before release. As with every Grosset release, this wine is defined by its innate structural tannin and has not been fined.
The 2009 ‘Gaia’ is characterised by a plushness and purity of fruit that will delight followers of the style. The aromatics are evocative of the rugged, stoney site on which the grapes are grown: brooding, briary and mineral. There is complexity, detail and finesse to accompany pristine blackcurrant essence. The palate is seamless, the texture sumptuous, fleshy and velvety. Certainly, there’s tightness of structure, weight and density of flavour, before a schisty minerally note and tight, ripe tannins herald a lingering finish.
It is an elegant, well-structured cabernet that is more approachable than most vintages of Gaia – not dissimilar to the 2008. Many will enjoy it over the next five years when it may well be at its best. If well-cellared, it has the capacity to last for at least 15 years.
General Cellaring Guide: Enjoy now, or cellar for 4-15 years
Release Date: 1 March 2012
James Halliday ‘The Weekend Australian’ Magazine 16-17 June 2013
In one sense it is impossibly young, in another juicy and seductive, the dichotomy due to the tannins that will see it through a quarter of a century (and very likely more). The balance, texture and depth of the wine are excellent. 96 points
Andrew Caillard ‘Gourmet Traveller Wine’ August/September 2012
Medium deep colour. Fresh blackcurrant and herb garden aromas with a hint of spearmint. Beautifully concentrated blackcurrant, herb and sage aromas, with fine-grained, slightly gritty tannins and some roasted chestnut notes. 94 points