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.

"Deep garnet. Hints of redcurrant, clove and spice. Fresh juiciness combines with supple tannin and pronounced flavours of licorice and mulberry. A wine to enjoy in its youth that will also develop additional complexity over 6 to 8 years of cellaring"- Ben Glaetzer.

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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.
South Australia
Barossa Valley
Vineyards: Exceptional old vine fruit was sourced from the famed Ebenezer sub district at the northern tip of the Barossa Valley. Vine age 50-80 year old Shiraz and 50-100 year old Grenache. Yield 3.5 tonnes per hectare.

Vintage Conditions: A wet winter and spring coupled with cooler than average spring temperatures resulted in slower yet balanced canopy development and healthy flowering and fruit set. A mild summer with regular rainfall events followed allowing the fruit to be in no rush to mature, perfect for consistent ripening. Harvest commenced a few weeks later than recent years. The 2017 wines are of excellent quality exhibiting purity and lift with firm tannins and exceptional length.

Vinification: Old vine Barossa Grenache has a liveliness and structure that does not benefit from oak maturation—oak contact was thus minimised for the Grenache component to preserve the purity and animation of the fruit. The Shiraz was matured for 16 months in 2—3 year old oak hogshead barrels (80% French / 20% American).

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