2016 Grosset Gaia
7000 bottles made. Clare Valley blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Prestige producer.
It’s a medium weight wine with class written all over it. The flavours run on strict, straight lines and as it turns out, that’s a very good thing. Boysenberry, leather, plum and fresh blackcurrant flavours are served with overtones of pencil/milk chocolate and bay leaves. Tannin is as fine-grained as can be. Tobacco-like, undergrowthy characters add yet more to the offering. It’s not a thumper; it’s just long, pure and complex. Drink 2022 - 2040.
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front (April 2019)
Estate-grown cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, the certified organic vines 33yo. A breath of fresh air, pulling my lip up and out of the Dante's inferno of other wines in this particular tasting. Supple and immaculately balanced, every flavour, texture and beautifully nuanced fruits that are 100% within the varietal makeup, the tannins almost lustrous, so fine are they. Drink by 2046.
James Halliday's Wine Companion (August 2019)