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
91/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
"Like all of the Glaetzer bottlings tasted this year, the fruit comes from the Ebenezer subregion in the northern reaches of the Barossa Valley. The 2017 Bishop Shiraz combines blueberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose, and flavors from the fruit flow easily across the palate, picking up hints of raspberries and baking spices. It's medium to full-bodied, supple and juicy, with a long, mouthwatering finish. -- 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 2019 - 2027
95/100 Halliday's Wine Companion (2015 vintage)
"In classic Glaetzer style, full-bodied and taking no prisoners. Black fruits, licorice, dark chocolate, ripe tannins and oak are woven together so tightly it’s hard to tell where one starts and/or another finishes. It’s not my style, but it’s hard to deny the quality."
The Sunday Telegraph, John Fordham (2015 vintage)
"The name Glaetzer is synonymous with ultra-fine Australian winemaking and Ben Glaetzer certainly upholds the family’s reputation with this cracker shiraz from the Barossa Valley. His superb handling of fruit from a top vintage has delivered a wine with great balance and texture flanked by rich, savoury flavours."
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