Grosset Gaia Cabernets 2017


95 Points - The Real Review!

Australia, SA, Clare Valley
750mL
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"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."


 

- Grosset


"The wines in Jeff Grosset’s admirable portfolio are a reflection of his thoughtful, quality-oriented approach, none more so than Gaia. This cabernet blend from the outer reaches of the Clare Valley is always a wine of precision and personality that sits outside the region’s forceful mainstream cabernet type.
The just-released 2017 edition epitomises the marque’s elegant, moreish style, starting intense and briary with a nose of violets, crushed currants and cedar, leading through a medium-bodied wine of admirable length, intensity and finesse. Gaia skilfully measures cabernet’s savouriness and austerity with cassis-like fruit sweetness in lip-smacking harmony. Delicious right now, but age should enhance it wonderfully."


- Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review, February 2020