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.
72% Shiraz / 28% Grenache
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.
The growing season started well with above average winter rainfall but was
followed by well below average spring and summer rainfall coupled with warm
temperatures. Fortunately our vines were in perfect balance with healthy
canopies assisting even ripening and fruit flavour development. Harvest
commenced very early in late January. Calm Indian summer conditions began in
early March which were perfect for finishing off vintage. The resultant 2018 wines
are of exceptional quality featuring intense depth of colour, astounding aromatic
purity plus richness and brightness on the palate.
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%
Colour: Dark, vibrant red.
Aroma: Bright red fruits, masses of cherry and a hint of strawberry freshness.
Palate: Flavours of plum, cherry and cranberry. Soft, supple tannins from the
Grenache provide freshness and the Shiraz gives both weight and length.
Peak Drinking: A wine to enjoy in its youth that will also develop additional
complexity over 6 to 8 years of cellaring.
Winemaker Ben Glaetzer sources all fruit from the northern sub-region of the Barossa, Ebenezer, which is known for its ancient dry-grown vineyards, from 80 to 110-year-old, non-grafted bush vines. -Drinks Business Feb 2019
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Glaetzer’s least-expensive offering is a terrific bargain. The 2018 Wallace Shiraz-Grenache is a 72-28 blend, offering hints
of cola and plum on the nose, backed by brighter raspberry and strawberry notes. It’s medium to full-bodied and framed
by silky, fine-grained tannins, with a long mouthwatering finish that hints at mocha and wood spice. Drink this beauty over
the next 6-7 years.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
93 Points – Silver
A 72/28% blend from Glaetzer’s stomping ground of Ebenezer, the vines 50 and 100yo. Grenache had minimal oak contact, the
shiraz matured in used hogsheads for 16 months. It’s Glaetzer style, pure and simple: love it or leave it.
This has attractive, ripe-raspberry aromas with a black-fruit core in a fresh, upbeat mode. The palate has a fleshy delivery of
assertive blackberries, cassis and raspberries and delivers solid flavour and value. .