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Grosset Gaia Clare Valley 2015

Red Wine from Australia - South Australia
A complex and concentrated cabernet sauvignon from cooler Australian vineyards in Clare Valley, this has lovely cassis and black-pepper notes on the nose. Full-bodied yet elegant on the palate, it offers intense plum and blackcurrant flavours, with a touch of eucalypt and sage developing too. This wine is drinking beautifully at the moment although will continue to age further.
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Code: AU21121

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 13.7% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2030
  • 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 2015

South Australia had a mixed 2015, with a cool start to the season but a warm finish that meant the harvest came all at once, and some wineries felt the pressure on tank space. Drought pressure continues to be an issue in many parts of SA too.

Victoria and Tasmania, meanwhile, had a near perfect vintage, with moderate spring rainfall and a warm summer with no extreme spikes. A dry and cool March lead to a very clean and easy harvest.

Western Australia has had a decade of good vintages, but 2015 was a little trickier mainly due to birds devouring the lion’s share of the grapes in some vineyards, and poor flower set thanks to rain or hail. The grapes that did make it to harvest, however, look excellent but yields are significantly down.

New South Wales endured an indifferent vintage in the main, with rain at inopportune times. Canberra and Orange were the only areas to report success on any scale, though the best wineries wherever they are will have made the right decisions to achieve...
South Australia had a mixed 2015, with a cool start to the season but a warm finish that meant the harvest came all at once, and some wineries felt the pressure on tank space. Drought pressure continues to be an issue in many parts of SA too.

Victoria and Tasmania, meanwhile, had a near perfect vintage, with moderate spring rainfall and a warm summer with no extreme spikes. A dry and cool March lead to a very clean and easy harvest.

Western Australia has had a decade of good vintages, but 2015 was a little trickier mainly due to birds devouring the lion’s share of the grapes in some vineyards, and poor flower set thanks to rain or hail. The grapes that did make it to harvest, however, look excellent but yields are significantly down.

New South Wales endured an indifferent vintage in the main, with rain at inopportune times. Canberra and Orange were the only areas to report success on any scale, though the best wineries wherever they are will have made the right decisions to achieve the best outcome.
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