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  • Country ranking ?

    204
  • Producer ranking ?

    10
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb

The Story

Here is a young red that will benefit from time in the bottle. That said, it’s a remarkable cabernet blend with voluminous red berry aromatics, deep opulent blackcurrant, dark plum and redcurrant characters with hints of licorice, chocolate and wild brambles. It has layer after layer of concentrated flavours, power and density, balanced by substantial fine-grain tannins. Complex, arresting and satisfying.

In 2014, Grosset Gaia was included on the Langton Classification of Australian Wine, widely regarded as the best publication of its kind outside Europe. This recognises Grosset Gaia as one of the most sought-after wines produced in this country.

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Vintage 2006

Grosset Gaia 2006

After a Gaia that was more approachable at a younger age from the 2005 vintage, it’s back to the more austere, structured, densely packed red with which we are familiar in 2006. As usual, it’s a wine that speaks loudly of its site – the rugged, austere moonscape of the Grosset Gaia vineyard on the slopes of a windswept hill close to Clare’s highest point. The blend itself in the newly released vintage is cabernet sauvignon (75%), cabernet franc (20%) and merlot (5%) and is an outstanding wine: powerful, opulent, ultra-concentrated, ungiving at present but promising a great deal after careful cellaring. There’s briary, blackcurrant flavours along with chalky, earthy, minerally characters all tightly coiled and balanced by ripe, fine-knit tannins patiently waiting for time to reveal all. There’s complexity and elegance here, too: but only the patient will see it at its best.

Reviews

The Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2010  www.matthewjukes.com  May 2010

Gaia is one of those wonderfully vintage dependant wines which can sometimes look belligerent and often a little too eclectic over people’s tastes in its youth. It is always a privilege to taste the wine from this incredibly special vineyard site and in 2006 Jeffrey has made an exceptionally finely-tuned and delicious (dare I say, crowd-pleasing) red wine – this is a flattering vintage, to be sure. All of the Gaia herbs and spices are there and none of the minerality is missing, but this time there is a plushness to the fruit which gives it an extra dimension of appeal.

James Halliday  ‘Australian Wine Companion’ 2010 Edition

Pristine colour; a complex and appealing mix of red and blackcurrant, black olive, a dash of herbs, and beautifully handled oak; the palate is surprisingly generous and open knit, but offers a long, fine, ample and seductive fine-grained tannin finish; beautiful balance, as befits the name.  95 points

Ray Jordan  ‘West Australian’ West Weekend Magazine – Living Legends  25 April 2009

Stunning three-blend red from this very good South Australian vintage. Grosset has nailed it, producing a wine of extraordinary polish, elegance and style, yet immensely powerful and effortlessly long. Wonderful oak treatment, with ripe tannins and opulent fruit contributing to a silky-smooth palate. Top drawer stuff.  96 points

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Brick red and Pale

ending

Long, Extensive and Pure

nose

Youthful and Forward

taste

High in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Concentrated, Well-Integrated, Multi-dimensional, Developing, Medium-bodied, Ripe, Toasty, Perfumed, Dry and Silky tannins

Written Notes

Dark red with a crimson rim. Dry herbs, animal skins, spices, a hint of chocolate. Some mint on the palate and a tiny vegetal note. All adds to a most complex wine. The tannins are very fine and well managed, leading to good grip. Nice length. A very impressive wine. No surprise when revealed – this is surely the finest Cabernet-dominant wine made in the Clare Valley.
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Deep colour. Blackcurrant, violet, toast and graphite aromas with some espresso notes. lovely pure cassis and roasted-chestnut flavours, with fine- grained, al-dente tannins and underlying chocolaty notes. Finishes long and sweet. Bloody good. 98 points. now – 2040.

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Origin

Clare Valley, South Australia

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Grosset Gaia 2006  ( Grosset Wines )

Deep colour. Blackcurrant, violet, toast and graphite aromas with some espresso notes. lovely pure cassis and roasted-chestnut flavours, with fine- grained, al-dente tannins and underlying chocolaty notes. Finishes long and sweet. Bloody good. 98 points. now – 2040.

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Grosset Gaia 2006  ( Grosset Wines )

"Dark red with a crimson rim.
Dry herbs, animal skins, spices, a hint of chocolate. Some mint on the palate and a tiny vegetal note. All adds to a most complex wine.
The tannins are very fine and well managed, leading to good grip. Nice length.
A very impressive wine.
No surprise when revealed – this is surely the finest Cabernet-dominant wine made in the Clare Valley. "

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