About This Wine
Vegemite on toast, tomato sauce on a meat pie, beetroot on a burger and Shiraz/Grenache, all classic combos that scream Australia.
Ben Glaetzer takes the last of the combinations, and packages it nicely with this wine. The Wallace is an old-vine blend (predominantly Shiraz), that combines the best of both varietals: wight depth and power from the regional star variety Shiraz, and fresh Grenache to provide lift, perfume and a bit of brightness to this ballsy blend.
Dark and vibrant, there are bright red fruits, masses of cherry and a hint of strawberry on the nose, while the palate showcases richer and fuller fruits, with a bit of tart lift, brought together by the supple tannin profile. Fire up some steak sangas or a sausage sizzle, break out a game of backyard cricket, and crack a bottle of this; an Aussie summer classic that's going straight to the pool room.
Like many in the Barossa, the Glaetzer family immigrated from Germany in the late 19th century and were some of the earliest viticulturalists in the region.
It was Colin Glaetzer, who founded the family winery a century later, and has since handed the reigns to son Ben, who is now the big man on campus.
Their vineyards are in the Ebenezer sub-region, and they are graced with some serious old-vine material (up to 130 y/o), on their original rootstock. These old bush-vines with their deep-seated roots, don’t require much attention these days, and consistently produce tiny yields of exceptionally concentrated and powerful fruit, the key ingredient to their benchmark, big Barossa wines.
The Glaetzer family are Barossa pioneers, and now, into their 3rd century in the region, produce classic wines, that speak so elegantly of their origins.