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Grosset Gaia Clare Valley 2014

Red Wine from Australia - South Australia
A complex and concentrated cabernet from cooler Australian vineyards in Clare Valley. Cassis and cigar-box notes on the nose, with eucalyptus developing. With great intensity and bright acidity this wine could age gracefully, but its supple tannins make it accessible young too.
Price: £39.00 Bottle
Price: £468.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: AU19931

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2027
  • 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 2014

Yields were down but quality was good in much of Australia in 2014. The Hunter reported a terrific vintage of warm dry weather watered occasionally by well-timed rain. Margaret River continued its uncanny run of excellent vintages after early summer rain gave way to perfect conditions for the rest of the season. Victoria was trickier, with the Yarra Valley having a troublesome vintage overall after frost, poor flowering, and damp, windy weather. Barossa had a good but unspectacular vintage. Some late season rain spruced up the fruit after a dry summer and extended ripening which was all to the good. Western Australia enjoyed almost textbook good conditions. All-in-all a fine vintage.
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