Glaetzer Vineyards Barossa Valley
Colin Glaetzer and his son (and winemaking whizz) Ben (also see MITOLO) have really lifted the quality of their own wines in recent vintages. Grapes come from unirrigated vineyards in the Ebenezer district of the Barossa Valley. The top wines are now very good indeed, not the blockbusters of old but more sophisticated, expressive wines with at least a suggestion of terroir. Tiny amounts are made of Amon-Ra, an unfiltered Shiraz produced from 100 year old vines and aged in French and American oak. Very concentrated and very intense, it has a fabulous fruit expression with plum, carob, blackberry and preserved black fruits but above all is very complete and very classy – best with at least 5-10 years age. More affordable are Bishop Shiraz and Wallace Shiraz/Grenache. These are supple and characterful with plenty of fruit, the latter almost like a Côtes du Rhône. Anaperenna, made since 04 and initially labelled Godolphin, is a Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon blend (70/30) that is very ripe, concentrated and powerful, needing at least 6 years age.
To find out more about Glaetzer and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide South Australia..
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