Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz/Grenache 2008

Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Australia

Item No. 105129
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP90
  • WS90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2012
  • ST91

Winemaker's Notes

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.

The grenache fruit was powerful and robust in 2008, allowing it to play a strong role in the final blend. The percentage of Grenache has dropped to 20% for this release to allow for this intensity.

Critical Acclaim

"This refreshing, exhuberant style trumpets its cherry, rhubarb and raspberry fruit, but tempers to fine tannins and deft balance of acidity, finishing with harmony. Drink now through 2016. 3,500 cases made."
90 Points

"The 2008 Wallace is a blend of 80% Shiraz from 45-130 year old vines and 20% bush vine Grenache from 75 year old vines located in the prime Ebenezer district of Barossa. Yields were a meager 1.5 tons per acre. Dark ruby-colored, it has an alluring bouquet of smoke, violets, incense, black cherry, and blueberry. The wine has a bit of underlying structure, medium to full-body, plenty of sweet fruit, but a slightly compact finish. This pleasure-bent effort is an outstanding value. "
90 Points

Learn About Glaetzer Map ItMap It

The first Glaetzers settled in the Barossa Valley in 1888 after emigrating from Brandenburg, Germany. From here, they settled in a country town called Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley where they started their new life in Australia. The family were some of the earliest recorded viticulturalists in the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley and the current generation is firmly entrenched in...

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Learn About Barossa Valley

The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley. Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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