Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz/Grenache 2005
Rhone Red Blends
from Barossa Valley, Australia
2005 Glaetzer Wallace is a wine greater than the sum of its parts - a fusion of Shiraz and Grenache, which is a typical, traditional blend in the Barossa Valley. Parcels of premium fruit are picked at full ripeness for vibrant color, an abundance of juicy, berry flavors and spice. The wine also shows the elegance and finesse which underpins the Glaetzer style.
Bright red purple in color. Grenache once again provides an intense strawberry lift with touches of cherry, minerals and spice. The Shiraz component provides structure to the wine and tightens the confectionary notes of the Grenache. Overall a pure, vibrant blend displaying freshness and animation.
The 2005 Glaetzer Wallace has more vibrant fruit than the 2004 - a reflection of the higher levels of aromatics from the 2005 vintage. The Wallace is superb drinking now, and will reward careful cellaring for up to 3 years.
"The 2005 Wallace is 80% Shiraz from 65-year-old vines and 20% Grenache from 90-year-old bush vines. It spent 14 months in seasoned French and American oak. It exhibits a lovely perfume of cedar, tobacco, damp earth, black cherry and blueberry. This leads to a concentrated, structured wine with ripe blue and black fruit flavors, well-concealed tannin, and a long finish. This excellent value can be enjoyed over the next 8-10 years. Hats off to Ben Glaetzer for producing an extraordinary portfolio! The renowned winemaker, Ben Glaetzer, sources all of his fruit for this label from the Ebenezer district in the northern Barossa. Many knowledgeable experts cite this sub-region as the finest in the Valley." - Wine Advocate
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