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2015 Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache

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One of the most famous winemaking names in the Barossa belongs to the Glaetzers. Colin and his brother John are both winemakers and there are another five winemakers amongst their three sons and wives. That’s quite a winemaking clan. Colin’s son Ben was pre-ordained into the shared winemaking role as his natural touch in the winery is evident. Here’s the traditional Barossa blend of Shiraz and Grenache with rich black cherries on the nose before a rich palate of black and red fruits and good Shiraz structure with hints of licorice. A wine that shows both power and restraint.

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Variety: 78% Shiraz, 22% Grenache

Colour: Medium to deep garnet, a flash of purple on the rim

Aroma: An enticing nose of dark plum, raspberry and lavender with hints of anise and ground spice

Palate: Black fruits prevail with touches of pepper and blackcurrant. Firm, savoury yet rounded tannins balance with brightness and lift

Peak drinking: A wine to enjoy in its youth that will reward careful cellaring up to 5 years

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2015 Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Approachable, finely textured and evenly paced, this delicious quaff has a juicy, lightly oaked and briary, confiture-like bouquet of jujube-like cassis, blueberries and dark plums.Medium to full in weight, its round, smooth and polished palate finishes savoury, with ligering notes of cloves and licorice. It might play the one note, but it does so with sweetness and purity.
2012-2015
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
90
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Typically smooth, long and vibrant, bursting with intense, confiture-like aromas of blueberries, blackberries and fresh spices backed by cedar/vanilla oak. Underpinned by fine, crunchy tannins, it's fresh and focused around a fresh, lively acidity. Long, supple and brightly flavoured, it's pure and pristine.
The Australian Wine Annual
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Strong crimson-purple; only Glaetzer would find Barossa Valley grenache of this quality and style, and blend it so synergistically with shiraz; the wine is ready to drink now, but will easily see out a decade or more.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
A touch of grenache (20 per cent) blended with shiraz is almost always a good thing. Especially if the Grenache you're using is of high quality. Juicy, dark, full-bodied and very, very easy to slurp. One of those 'dangerous' kinds of wine - you just keep wanting another glass. It has flavours of dark cherries and sundry berries, with vanilla, clove-like touches from oak. Walsh called it 'plump', in the cuddly and warm sense of the word. Just watch the alcohol, it's pretty high.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Velvet smooth, generous and approachable, with juicy, confiture-like flavours of blackberries, blueberries and dark plums coupled with undertones of baked earth and raisins. It's balanced, plump and undemanding, with a lingering core of fruit and restrained oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Dark and savoury bouquet, with a mere suggestion of sweet fruit on board; the palate has dusty tannins and plenty of fruit; quite a blocky style.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Transcends the cosmetic characters of many Barossa Valley grenache blends, with attractive red cherry and raspberry fruits, then a twist of spice on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Faithful blend of regional heroes with 70% shiraz and 30% grenache for early drinking.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
90
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
A 70/30 shiraz-grenache blend, sourced from the Ebenezer district. Dark peppered berry fruit aromas, some smoky oak and earthy/meaty complexity. Medium-weight palate with a whack of acid jutting out, tannins wrestle the tongue to the ground, finishing with solid dryness.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
In typical Glaetzer style, and better than many; juicy, fruity grenache does not undo the flavour or structure of the shiraz with a positive black and red fruit mix; silky tannins, balanced oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Faithful blend of regional heroes with 70% shiraz and 30% grenache for early drinking.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A well-structured blend without the weakness of some; blackberry, plum, cherry and spice all intermingle on the medium-bodied palate; fine, ripe tannins; has absorbed all the French and American oak in which it was matured.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Faithful blend of regional heroes with 70% shiraz and 30% grenache for early drinking.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
91

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