Shiraz with Grenache
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
90+/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
"Yes, the 2017 Wallace Shiraz-Grenache blend is heavily weighted toward Shiraz (as usual), but it's the Grenache that makes itself known on the nose, adding lovely florals and raspberries to the slightly darker toned fruit of the Shiraz. Medium to full-bodied, this is supple yet crisp—perhaps a bit youthful and angular—but finishes with silky tannins and plenty of length. In another year or two, it might rival the impressive 2016. -- 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 - 2025
95/100 Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday (2014 vintage)
"Definitely a cut above many Barossa Valley blends, and I like the back label description of ‘decadent yet reserved, rich yet restrained’. I would simply add no confectionary notes, and wonder at the gift horse price."
John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph 'From The Vine' (2014 vintage)
If your name’s Glaetzer and you’re a winemaker, the moniker is virtual assurance that the wine you’re about to enjoy will tick all of the boxes. Glaetzer is a celebrated name in the Barossa Valley, where twin brothers John and Colin have scaled the very heights in winemaking, the former as Wolf Blass’s longtime sidekick, the latter founder of his own eponymous label. Now Colin’s highly talented son Ben is carrying on the tradition in impressive fashion, judged by his 2014 Wallace Shiraz Grenache ($22), which features two of the Barossa’s most suited varieties. This is a mighty powerful red, arched on a platform of intense yet restrained flavours. Drinking so well now with a guaranteed cellaring future.
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