Glaetzer 'Wallace' Shiraz Grenache 2017
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
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
In a mixed or straight case: $21.85
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