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.
Grosset Gaia 2010
Only 900 dozen produced (Sold Out)
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.
General Cellaring Guide: Enjoy now, or cellar 4-15 years
Release Date: 1 March 2013
Matthew Jukes ‘Best Australian Wines’ Australia House London May 2013
… in 2010 Jeff Grosset has created a perfect 20/20 Gaia. I have been stalking this wine for years. I bought loads at auction fifteen or so years ago and have been slowly working my way through the vintages. I always open them at home for wine bore pals, blind, and then without fail they name it as the wine of the night. Gaia, when the weather is kind, is one of the most moving and sensuous wines in the land… It reminds me of the fruit texture and complexity of a great VCC (Vieux Château Certan) and I would urge you to buy it now. Grosset is another one of the estates in my ’100 Most Iconic Wine Estates’; …Gaia was the wine that secured his slot position in this book. Gaia is a goddess.