Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
Ben Glaetzer makes unique, elegant wines with minimal intervention, which are regarded as classics and unmistakably Barossa. His ability to blend traditional winemaking techniques with a modern flair is reflected in the style of all wines under the Glaetzer label. All fruit for Glaetzer Wines is taken from the small sub-region of the northern Barossa Valley, called Ebenezer. The ancient dry-grown vineyards in the renowned Ebenezer district are an important part of Australia’s winemaking heritage and a living link to traditional Barossa viticulture. Exceptional fruit from a loyal group of third and fourth generation Barossa grape growers is the backbone of Glaetzer wines. The most exceptional fruit is sourced from 80-110 year old, non-grafted bush vines which are extremely low yielding. The very old vines require minimal attention. Their deep root structure means they are self-sufficient and can adapt to climatic extremes. Ebenezer has a unique soil profile. The well-drained sandy clay loam over a solid limestone pan is perfect for growing Shiraz. The soil is 'mean' and encourages deep roots which helps produce hugely concentrated wines of great character.
What The Critics Say
97/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
"I love what Glaetzer's inclusion of Cabernet brings to the 2017 Anaperenna Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon, giving it additional fragrance and length. Lifted aromas of mint, raspberries and dark chocolate mark the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich and velvety but never heavy, framed by supple tannins that turn silky on the long, long finish. Showing great focus, energy and intensity, expect it to still be going strong in a decade. -- There's not much new to report from owner-winemaker Ben Glaetzer, other than that he continues to make some stunning wines from Barossa Valley fruit, sourced mainly from the Ebenezer district in the north of the GI. Talking about the 2017s, Glaetzer says he fears they may be a bit overlooked between the 2016s and the 2018s, but says, "I really like the savory tannin structure. The wines just need time." He compares the wines to those from 2005 (drinking well at the moment) and 2015 vintages. Frost lowered the yields in many Barossa vineyards, which led to fast-ripening fruit, but there weren't any major heat spikes. Don't forget to keep an eye out for his new 2016 Eye of Ra Shiraz (reviewed last year), which will be released later in 2019." Drink 2020 - 2035
96/100 Huon Hooke (2016 vintage)
"Very deep, bright, youthful red/purple colour. The bouquet is intense and plummy, with sousbois and foresty nuances plus some spice notes together with creosote, tar and charcoal. A massive wine, deep and rich and concentrated, with profound flavour and tremendous persistence. The tannins are powdery and drying, but the richness of the wine more than balances it. Licorice, graphite and plenty of char-oak. A tour de force."
94/100 Halliday's Australian wine companion, James Halliday (2016 vintage)
"84% shiraz, 16% cabernet sauvignon, open-fermented, matured for 16 months in 100% new hogsheads (92% French, 8% American). The colour is typically deep, the bouquet complex, as is the palate (no surprise), but doesn't hit you with its alcohol (most surprising of all). It's hard to imagine the French oak could be the answer. Regardless, the black fruits (berry and currant) hold sway until the finish, when the alcohol does raise its head. I'm happy to accept that, but would choose my beef steak with care (5cm thick)."
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