The Gaia Vineyard, the highest in the Clare Valley, consists of two hectares of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. This strikingly beautiful site is an extremely challenging one. Hard red rock predominates, with rocky outcrops breaking through the earth, ruling out inter-row cropping and weed control through tillage. Instead, native grasses and clovers are allowed to regenerate.
That vines manage to grow here at all is something of a marvel, let alone the quality and consistency of the fruit they produce. Each of the 6000 low yielding vines produces, on average, less than two kilograms of fruit each year.
The 2011 Gaia provides a delicious example of what can be achieved in a cooler, more European season. Bursting with a fleshy immediacy, bright and ripe yet showing classic Grosset restraint, this is a satisfying drink. There’s lively brambly aromas, blackcurrant and black plum flavours, dense with refined power yet it’s almost juicy. It has the structure and silky tannins to age as Gaias do. There’s a touch of the plushness of the 2009 with a slightly leaner frame: so drink some bottles early for the youthful pleasure they will give and save some to savour the mature Gaia experience.
Once rather obscure, Grosset Gaia is now acknowledged as one of the ‘Top 100 Wine Brands by Demand’ according to the Langton’s, Australia’s leading wine auction house.
Only 600 dozen produced
Date of Release: 1 March 2014
Tyson Stelzer ‘WBM/The Week That Was’ Wine of the Week 17 April 2014
With crunchy blackcurrants, green capsicum and green bean, this is a tangy, herbal, leafy, capsicumy Gaia, reflecting a cool season yet, vitally, the acidity and tannins are ripe and balanced, carrying the finish long and even. A triumph for 2011. 13.7% 94 Points
Huon Hooke ‘Sydney Morning Herald Good Food’ 24 June 2014
The colour is glowing medium‐deep red‐purple and it smells of vanilla, toast and raspberry, with no greenness. Indeed, it’s a triumph: medium‐full body and smooth texture, lovely drinkability and balance, with an almost pinot‐like cherry liqueur note. Now to 2023. 13.7% 93 Points