Jeffrey Grosset established his winery in 1981 in the historic township of Auburn, Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide. The winery is stylish and functional and reflects the attention to detail that extends to the Grosset estate-owned vineyards and winemaking. Jeff is best known for his Rieslings which have shown a consistency of style and quality, making this one of Australia’s greatest wineries. By combining a disciplined approach and decades of experience, Grosset consistently achieves the purest expression of variety and place.
Planted at 570 metres, at the highest point of the Clare Valley, the vineyard is an elongated triangular wedge of emerald green that sits above the rolling golden cornfields of the Clare Valley.
2012 was one of the best experienced at Grosset with ideal weather conditions. Fruit thining early in the season ensured that crops were at ideal levels, while warm conditions and an absence of rain later in the season, meant the vintage was quite early and 80% of the harvest occurred within a nine-day period.
The grapes were hand picked, crushed and de-stemmed, then fermented for eight days in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Gentle plunging of the cap took place to aid extraction of colour and tannin. The wine then passed into French oak barriques (45% new oak) and aged for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtering and aged for a further year in bottle before release.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc.
A remarkable Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc) blend with voluminous red berry aromatics, deep opulent blackcurrant, dark plum and redcurrant characters with hints of liquorice, chocolate and wild brambles. It has layer after layer of concentrated flavours, power and density, balanced by substantial fine-grained tannins. Complex, arresting and satisfying.
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Grosset Gaia Clare Valley 2012 - fiche technique