Wine Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Grapes:Â Shiraz, Grenache
Glaetzer Wallace takes on the traditional Barossa Valley blend of Shiraz and Grenache in a modern way. The Shiraz brings backbone, flesh and body to the wine with the Grenache adding a soft, vibrant juiciness. Ripe old vine Shiraz from the heart of the Barossa contributes weight and texture Grenache adding cherry toffee earthy characters and solid savoury tannins. Will reward careful cellaring for a decade. Deep garnet colour, hints of red currant, clove and spice on the nose. Fresh juiciness combines with supple tannin and pronounced flavours of licorice and mulberry.
Robert Parker 90 pts -Â A blend of 78% Shiraz and 22% Grenache, the 2014 Wallace has is medium garnet in color with a gorgeous nose of black raspberries, kirsch and lavender plus black pepper, cloves and anise hints. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is soft, pepper-laced and seductive with impressive persistence and a lively acid and herb lift to the finish.
James Suckling 91 pts -Â Aromas of blackberry essence, eucalyptus, vanilla and just a hint of balsamic. Full body, fine tannins, vibrant acidity and a fresh finish. Screw cap.
About the Winery
The first Glaetzers settled in the Barossa Valley in 1888 after emigrating from Brandenburg, Germany. The family left Germany on board the Nord-Deutscher Lloyd steamer Habsburg and took seven weeks to reach their final destination of Port Adelaide. From here they settled in a country town called Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley where they started their new life in Australia. The family were some of the earliest recorded viticulturalists in the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley. Over a century later, winemaking patriarch Colin Glaetzer established Glaetzer Wines, a boutique family owned winery producing premium Barossa Valley wines. Today Colin's son Ben carries on the wine making traditions at Glaetzer Wines. Indeed it was the birth of Glaetzer Wines that signalled a new era for Colin's family which boasts more than its fair share of winemakers.