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Grosset Gaia Clare Valley 2013

Red Wine from Australia - South Australia
An often-overlooked Australian classic: given Grosset's reputation for riesling, this elegant Bordeaux blend can slip through the gap. Produced in tiny quantities, the 2013 has a vibrant cassis-and-blackberry driven nose, elegant tannins and a lovely freshness on the palate. Will develop leather and cigar-like notes with time. Decant in advance to enjoy its flavours to the full.
Price: £39.00 Bottle
Price: £468.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: AU18881

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2025
  • 75cl
  • Screwcap

South Australia

South Australia (SA) is Australia’s wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.

The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too.

Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region’s powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too.

On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to...
South Australia (SA) is Australia’s wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.

The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too.

Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region’s powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too.

On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to guarantee lush, chocolatey reds from shiraz, grenache and cabernet, while its strong maritime influence invests elegance in chardonnay, viognier and marsanne. Nearby Langhorne is cooled by the lake and nearby sea, and grows grapes of very good quality at a low cost. These excellent-value wines are marked by a softness and fullness of flavour. The Adelaide Hills area east of the city are cool and provide the perfect ingredients for lemony sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Coonawarra, further south-east behind the Limestone Coast, is South Australia's leading cabernet region, the unique terra rossa soil and maritime influence producing grapes with intense flavours and fabulous structure.
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Grosset Wines

Jeffrey Grosset set up his small wine business at the southern tip of South Australia’s Clare Valley in 1981 after serving part of his apprenticeship with Lindemans. In doing so, Grosset went from large-scale production to the other end of the spectrum, with a hands-on, perfectionist approach. His old stone winery is stylish yet functional and reflects the attention to detail that extends to his 20-hectare estate and to his winemaking. Production is limited to just six premium level wines in each vintage. The estate is organic too.

Grosset is most famous for his dry rieslings which are among the world’s very best examples of their kind. Their purity, precision and consistency have made the Grosset name virtually solely synonymous with the variety, even though other wines are made here. The two single-vineyard rieslings, Polish Hill and Springvale, are from quite different sites and are among Australia’s foremost examples of sub-regional differentiation.

Having fought the corner of riesling at a time when the variety was hugely unpopular, Grosset is also a vocal supporter of screwcap closures, as part of his overall belief that technology and tradition often have to meet and be reconciled. The Society has long championed him, and was one of the first British merchants to import his wines.

Australia Vintage 2013

A fiercely hot year throughout Australia, with bush-fires causing difficulties of smoke taint in some parts. South Australia, the engine room of production on the continent in terms of quantity, recorded its hottest ever summer. The baking conditions led to a relatively early and condensed vintage in most regions. Areas with a moderating influence such as altitude or the proximity of the sea fared better, with Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and the island state of Tasmania having particularly fine vintages. Old vines in any region were able to overcome the drought stresses with their deep root systems so areas like Barossa made some excellent reds despite their propensity for hot conditions. Western Australia had another ‘easy’ vintage and the heat was tempered here by Antarctic coastal influences.

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