The 2011 Gaia provides a delicious example of what can be achieved in a cooler, more European season. Bursting with a fleshy immediacy, bright and ripe yet showing classic Grosset restraint, this is a satisfying drink. With lively brambly aromas, blackcurrant and black plum flavours, the wine is dense with refined power yet almost juicy. It has the structure and silky tannins to age as Gaias do. There’s a touch of the plushness of the 2009 with a slightly leaner frame: so drink some bottles early for the youthful pleasure they will give and save some to savour the mature Gaia experience.
Pale straw. Vibrant aromas of lime citrus & talc lead into a tightly honed palate underpinned by a backbone of minerally acidity. Shows expressive zesty lime intensity with laser-like focus, exceptional length and persistence. Precise, pure and impeccably balanced. A benchmark Polish Hill with a superb future.
Grosset Springvale Riesling is a wonderful balancing act placing restrained and savoury minerally slatey characters in juxtaposition with intense, pristine flavours of lemon zest and lime juice; delicate white flower and talc aromatics contrast with tightness of structure, full-throttle power, and dry zingy acidity. At this stage, it appears the tightest and most ageworthy of the Springvale Rieslings.