Grosset Wines philosophy has remained steadfast over thirty years. The emphasis is on purity of fruit. The organically managed vineyards 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.
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 2019 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.
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