This single vineyard blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc from the rugged slopes of Clare’s highest vineyard shows a consistency of style, yet is distinctly different with each vintage. They can be tight unevolved and lean, or powerful, rich and dense with a surprising immediacy yet there is a core that makes them recognisably ‘Gaia’. The latest vintage is not quite like anything else, in the best possible ways.
The Grosset Gaia 2017 has brooding briary, brambly, black cherry and blackcurrant aromas that lead to a palate showing similar flavours. These are ripe, lively and fine, well-balanced, powerful yet restrained. The wine has a muscular spine yet is less tight than in most vintages with substantial yet restrained tannins. So while it is potent, the 2017 ‘Gaia’ is characterised by balance and finesse.
Like all vintages of the Grosset Gaia, it will be immeasurably improved by time in the bottle, even short-term cellaring. However, there is an approachability and restraint about the wine on release: many will find it immensely satisfying in its youth.
Clare Valley – 7,200 bottles (750ml) and 250 magnums produced
Ageing potential: up to 20 years
Site: Grosset Gaia Vineyard, Clare Valley, the highest (and coolest) vineyard in the region. Two-hectare, east facing site. (ACO Certified Organic)
Fruit Flavours: Brambly aromas, blackcurrant, black plum
Profile: Harmonious, balanced, elegant, complex
Fining: Nil – suitable for vegans and vegetarians
Released: 1 March 2020