Wine Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Grape: 78% Shiraz / 22% 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. Wallace is an ancestral name of Colin's wife, Judith, whose family hail from the old market town of Cupar in Fife, Scotland. Judith's Celtic ancestry is reflected in the three elements of the Wallace symbol - the Celtic cross, thistle and the Celtic knot pattern. 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.
Vinous Josh RaynoldsÂ 91 Points
Opaque ruby. An array of ripe dark fruit and floral scents are accompanied by suggestions of candied licorice, cracked pepper and allspice. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering primary black raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of candied violet. Fine-grained tannins frame a very long, juicy finish that leaves a sappy dark berry note behind.
James HallidayÂ 90 Points
A powerful rendition of the blend as befits Glaetzer and the Barossa Valley alike. It seems that shiraz by some distance the major part of the blend, black fruits overplaying the red and suppressing any confection.
Published in James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2018 Edition, August 2017, Australia
Lifted aromas of earthy notes mingle with piquant spice, black licorice and perfumed floral notes precede a tang-laden stream of palate-bathing flavour with bright red berry, mixed spice and wisps of dark bittersweet chocolate to the fore. It's medium weight with good texture, persistent purity of fruit and sports a lengthy, lip-smacking aftertaste. Drinking well now, it pairs well with grilled rib-eye and Portobello mushrooms.
The Sunday Telegraph - John Fordham
South Australian winemaking royalty Ben Glaetzer has maintained the family status here with remarkable consistency and precision. This is a top-flight Barossa Valley blend, with predominant partner shiraz providing exceptional peppery flavours that are enhanced by grenacheÆ’??s savoury input. Finishes smooth, smoky and long, with repeating spiciness and velvety tannins. These vines range from 60 to more than 110 years of age."
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 ColinÆ’??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 ColinÆ’??s family which boasts more than its fair share of winemakers.
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