Jeffrey Grosset established the isolated and windswept
Planted at an elevation of 570 meters, it is the highest vineyard in the Clare Valley. Grosset Gaia is produced from cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc grown at the rocky, isolated, wind-swept two-hectare Grosset Gaia Vineyard. This tiny hand-tended vineyard planted 33 years ago produces reds with an amazing consistency of fruit flavours and style.
Grosset Gaia Vineyard, Clare Valley, is the highest and coolest vineyard in the region. Two-hectare, east facing site. ACO Certified Organic.
The 2016 Grosset Gaia has voluminous perfumes of blackcurrant, bramble and briar that are bold and enticing. It is powerful, dense and full-bodied, tightly wound around its firm core, yet softened by its velvety texture. It has a richness and concentration of flavour, balanced by substantial yet ultra-fine tannins. While more seductive and appealing on release than many vintages of Gaia, the 2016 shows every indication of being as age worthy as wine loves have come to expect.
Grosset Wines is an independently owned winery, producing seven highly regarded premium wines each vintage. Remaining small and focused has allowed Grosset to preserve the character and individuality of the wines, developing a significant international profile by producing wines deemed consistently outstanding - benchmarks in their class. Grosset Wines' philosophy has remained steadfast for over thirty years. The emphasis is on purity of fruit. The estate vineyards, which are ACO certified organic, are hand-tended and each bunch of grapes is harvested at optimum ripeness. The winemaking process is gentle and uncomplicated. With dedication, discipline and the application of knowledge garnered through decades of experience, the result is the finest expression of variety and place.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Estate-grown cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, the certified organic vines 33yo. A breath of fresh air, pulling my lip up and out of the Dante's inferno of other wines in this particular tasting. Supple and immaculately balanced, every flavour, texture and beautifully nuanced fruits that are 100% within the varietal makeup, the tannins almost lustrous, so fine are they.
Another stunning Gaia. Seamlessly and effortlessly uniting magnificent berry fruit purity with pretty violet lift, powder-fine tannins, undeviating line and enduring persistence. Jeff Grosset's fanatical attention to the finest detail is on grand display here again, and there is not one molecule out of place in this incredible release.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Chocolate, tobacco, richer in fruit, some choc-mint, red and black fruit. Mineral feel, rich tannin, cool acidity but warm and generous feel. Savoury finish but also fresh and perfumed. Great release in and up with 2013, 2010. Good now but long term, to say, 2036+ 95 or 95+ points.
This has a very bold, ripe, rich and assertive feel to it. A powerful blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc that is strapped on for the long haul. The nose has cedary red currants, cassis and red plums, leading to a long and suave frame of tannins. It delivers a sleeve of summer-berry flavors in a seamless form. Great wine. Best from 2021.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
It’s a medium weight wine with class written all over it. The flavours run on strict, straight lines and as it turns out, that’s a very good thing. Boysenberry, leather, plum and fresh blackcurrant flavours are served with overtones of pencil/milk chocolate and bay leaves. Tannin is as fine-grained as can be. Tobacco-like, undergrowthy characters add yet more to the offering. It’s not a thumper; it’s just long, pure and complex.
MIKE BENNIE - WINE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
A tour de force of elegance and poise, offering deep concentration, finesse of tannin, exceptional length of flavour and a cool restraint. A Cassis, garrigue and faint cedar mesh well in the bouquet while the palate echoes cassis through its long draw across the palate. Ultra fine Cabernet here, and a charming drinking experience ensues.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Deep red/purple, bright and youthful colour, with a fresh, bright cassis nose and palate; medium-bodied and elegantly-styled, with a hint of mixed spice. It's elegant and middle-weight, balanced to be accessible young but will surely age very well. There is a trace of star anise. A harmonious medium-bodied cabernet with a touch of class.