Glaetzer Wallace

Glaetzer Wallace

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Glaetzer Wallace takes on the traditional Barossa Valley blend of shiraz and grenache in a thoroughly modern way. Rich, peppery old-vine shiraz dominates and adds weight, texture and fleshy richness to the palate. Grenache provides complex tannins and fresh acidity to the mix, with luscious red cherry and hints of aromatic spices and anise.  Glaetzer's experience with old vine, Barossa Valley grenache has taught him that it does not handle oak well.  For this reason they ferment and mature the grenache component in stainless steel to keep the freshness and animation of the fruit. The shiraz is matured in 2-3 year old oak barrels.

After two challenging vintages in 2007 and 2008, Glaetzer was ready to have a perfect vintage – He describes 2009 as spectacular.  A “gift” of a vintage, with a long, even growing season after good winter rainfall. Mild and dry conditions during February slowed ripening, and saw all individual blocks perform exceptionally well.

Wallace is an ancestral name of Colin’s wife Judith, whose family hail from the old market town of Cupar in Fife, Scotland. Judith’s Celtic ancestry is reflected in the three elements of the Wallace symbol- the Celtic cross, thistle and the Celtic knot pattern.