About This Wine
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
Barossa Valley Wine
The Barossa Valley wine region has historically and currently still is one of Australia's most prestigious premium wine producing regions. Located just 60km north east of Adelaide city centre, the climate there is very hot and dry which is perfect for the big bold reds the area is famous for.
A straight Shiraz is what Barossa is most well known for, however Rhone blends, such as Shiraz Cabernet are also very popular. While much less prevalent, white wines (Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon) are planted on the higher altitude hillsides where the ocean breeze cools temperatures down to a level suitable for producing these varieties as well.
Some of Australia's earliest Shiraz plantings can be found here dating as far back as the 1850's. While not always a guarantee of quality, it might be worth seeking out and trying one of the region's "old vine shiraz" if you haven't yet.
The Wine Front – Blackberry, raspberry, roast beef, flowers and mint. Medium-bodied, a little earthy, spearmint and chocolate, tart acidity buried in ripe fruit, grainy tannin, decent length. Solid. 90 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front April 2019