Clare Valley – 600 dozen produced
This 24th release of Grosset Gaia is one of the smallest in volume due to the Gaia Vineyard rejuvenation program. It is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc from a rocky, isolated, wind-swept two hectare block close planted by Grosset in 1986.
In 2013, there are subtle floral aromatics with violet notes, and opulent mulberry, brambly, blackcurranty flavours complexed by briary notes. The palate is almost sumptuous: velvety, silky smooth, moving towards plush, balanced by very fine, slinky tannins that sit delicately on the finish.
Ageing potential: up to 20 years
Site: Grosset Gaia Vineyard, Clare Valley, the highest (and coolest) vineyard in the region. East facing site (ACO certified)
Fruit Flavours: Brambly aromas, blackcurrant, black plum
Profile: Harmonious, balanced, elegant, complex
Fining: Nil- suitable for vegans and vegetarians
Date of Release: 1 March 2016
Tyson Stelzer, WBM, July/August 2016
Magnificently elegant and fragrant; a Gaia of the highest order, of wonderfully evocative grace and understated endurance. It captures its cool, high site with eloquence, presenting a pronounced violet fragrance that hovers over a core of blackcurrant fruit. In sheer line and length, one of the greatest Clare reds of the modern era. 97 Points.
Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, 30 January 2016
The word humdinger comes to mind. It’s one for the cabernet die-hards. It’s mellifluous and yet it oozes tannin. And class. It tastes of blackcurrant, eucalypt, cocoa-rich chocolate, earth and tabacco. It is, simply, beautifully formed, and wonderfully long. 96 Points.