`Gaia` Clare Valley

Clare Valley

Grosset

Jeffrey Grosset established his winery in 1981 in the historic township of Auburn,...

Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide. The winery is stylish and functional and reflects the attention to detail that extends to the Grosset estate-owned vineyards and winemaking. Jeff is best known for his iconic Rieslings - Polish Hill and Springvale - and he has almost single-handedly been responsible for the renaissance of Clare Valley Riesling. By combining a disciplined approach and decades of experience, Grosset consistently achieves the purest expression of variety and place.

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Vineyards

Planted at 570 metres, at the highest point of the Clare Valley, the Gaia vineyard is a rocky, isolated, wind-swept two hectare block close planted by Grosset in 1986 that sits above the rolling golden cornfields of the Clare Valley.

Vintage Information

2014 saw early vintage challenges of extreme heat and rain which resulted in slightly lower than average fruit yields. Despite this, the overall quality achieved this year was outstanding. The vineyard canopies maintained optimum physiological ripeness and the colour intensity, ripeness of skin and seed tannins in the reds was exceptional. Fruit was hand harvested between the 26th March and 1st April 2014.

Vinification

The grapes were hand picked, crushed and de-stemmed, then fermented for eight days in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Gentle plunging of the cap took place every four hours to aid extraction of colour and tannin. The wine then passed into French oak barriques (40% new oak) and aged for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtering and aged for a further year in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

The 25th release of Grosset Gaia has restrained, brooding almost briary, aromatics with violet notes; fine structure with a firm backbone and pleasing supple blackcurrant and bramble flavours; well-integrated, gently gripping tannins that are long and ultra-dry.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
15% Cabernet Franc
Region Clare Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Jeff Grosset
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 6.3g/l
Residual Sugar 0.9g/l
Wine pH 3.47