Glaetzer Wallace

Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2017

Barossa Valley, South Australia   |    750ml   |    14.5%
The Glaetzer family has been a part of the Barossa Valley and its viticulture history since 1888. After thirty years of winemaking, Colin Glaetzer established the family winery to create wines he's passionate about - limited quantities of benchmark Barossa Valley reds. Today, his son Ben carries on this winemaking tradition at Glaetzer Wines.

Glaetzer Wallace takes on the traditional Barossa Valley blend of Shiraz and Grenache is a thoroughly modern way. The 2017 Glaetzer Wallace is a blend of 72% Shiraz and 28% Grenache from 50- to 80-year-old Shiraz vines and Grenache plantings of between 50 and 100 years of age. The Shiraz component gives the wine backbone, flesh and body with the Grenache adding a soft, vibrant juiciness. Bright red fruits and lifted spice on the nose with the palate displaying spicy richness alongside primary red fruits. Very approachable in it's youth and this wine will develop great complexity as it ages.

"92 Points. This is a nice drink. Thrills with a chill! I wish I didn't have to write anything more because to do so, chortles on and contradicts the spirit of a wine that is gulpable because-and not despite of-its virtuous simplicity. Sweet berry fruit notes sashay to Turkish delight and kirsch, all licked by briar and a dash of vanillin oak. There is old-turf-vinosity to this, with length and effusive energy."- Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.

"90+ points 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." - Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate.

Availability: In stock

$22.90
Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
The Glaetzer mission is to focus, simply on the production of small-volume, super premium Barossa Valley wines.

The company holds a firm belief that the wines are made in the vineyard - a combination of the French notion terroir and Australian vineyard site knowledge.

The Barossa Valley is one of the most famous regions of South Australia. With an abundant history dating back to 1847 and a distinctive – and profound - Silesian (German) influence, it is asserting its importance, and the immeasurable value of its storehouse of century old vines and historic wineries.

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 viticulture used is standard single wine, with permanent arm, rod and spur.

The most exceptional fruit is sourced from 80-110 year old, non-grafted bush vines which are extremely low yielding. The oldest vines bear only 0.5 to 1 tonne per acre. Younger vines produce 2.5 to 3 tonnes per acre.

Most of the vineyards are non-irrigated but some of the newer vines (propagated from original plantings) have supplementary drip irrigation to combat stress in drought years.

The very old vines require minimal attention. Their deep root structure means they are self-sufficient and can adapt to climatic extremes.
6
South Australia
Barossa Valley
750
14.5
A blend of 72% Shiraz and 28% Grenache from 50- to 80-year-old Shiraz vines and Grenache plantings of between 50 and 100 years of age. Yields of 3.5 tonnes per hectare. The liveliness and structure of old-vine Barossa Grenache doesn’t benefit from oak maturation, so oak contact was minimised to preserve the purity and character of the fruit. The Shiraz was matured for 16 months in 2- and ­ 3-year-old oak hogshead barrels (80% French and 20% American).

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. The 2017 is vibrant purple with bright red hues. The nose shows wild cherries with a hint of blueberry and rose petal. In the mouth, upfront red berry fruit marries with midpalate richness and brightness from the Grenache. Finishes fresh and long. A wine to enjoy in its youth that will also develop additional complexity over six to eight years of cellaring. Alcohol 14.5%; pH 3.47; total acidity 6.23g/L. – Ben Glaetzer

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