Barossa Valley, South Australia
The relationship with the Glaetzer winery began with the release of Ben Glaetzer's 2001 Amon Ra Shiraz. With the 2004 vintage, Ben Glaetzer took over winemaking at Glaetzer and brought his own flagship wines into the fold. The Glaetzer philosophy focuses simply on the production of small-volume, super premium wines. The company holds a firm belief that the wines are made in the vineyard - a combination of the French notion of terroir combined with Australian vineyard site knowledge. The wines are produced from vines grown in well-drained sandy clay loam over a solid limestone pan. This particular soil, widely recognized as the best for dry grown Shiraz, is limited to the Ebenezer region in the northwestern part of the Barossa Valley. Yields are exceptionally low, with 1 to 1 1/2 tons per acre of Shiraz from some of the 80-year old vines being common. Glaetzer has exceptional fruit, and thus opts for a minimalist approach.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine is starting the roll out of year end Top 100 lists with their Cellar Selections. These are wines that go the distance and improve with age. Glaetzer's 2010 Amon Ra Shiraz hits the list at #35 with 96 points. Congratulations to Glaetzer on this impressive accolade.
"Shiraz from Australia is fruity, high-alcohol, extra-jammy and will overwhelm any food—or will it? Winemakers from Australia’s cool growing regions are making Shiraz that is as expressive as any great Rhône red." Download the pdf to read more, especially the bits about our own Luke Lambert Yarra Valley Syrah and Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz.
91-94 point for all of the wines in the range!
In this year's competition, gold medals went to 2010 Amon Ra Shiraz, 2010 Anaperenna Shiraz-Cabernet and 2010 Shiraz 'Bishop.'
In more good news, today's Wine Spectator Insider includes Amon Ra in a short list of "Hot Wines" with 94 pts. Click below to download a copy.
Today's issue of Wine Spectator Insider - their on line, member's only preview - highlights Australia and includes a 91 Pt. review of Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2010. Click below to download a copy.
An excellent piece when showing Glaetzer wines at a tasting or a terrific leave behind. Download and print to a 2-sided page. Done!
Today's issue of Wine Spectator Insider - their on line, member's only preview - highlights Australia and includes a 90 Pt. review of Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2009. Click below to download a copy.