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 the family wine business.
Winemaking patriarch Colin Glaetzer established his own label to create wines he's passionate about - limited quantities of benchmark Barossa Valley reds. The birth of Glaetzer Wines signalled a new era for Colin's family which boasts more than its fair share of winemakers. The clan includes Colin, his oenology-trained wife Judith, twin brother/winemaker John, and five winemakers among the couple's three sons and their wives.
With the 2004 vintage, Ben Glaetzer took over winemaking at Glaetzer and brought his own flagship wines, Amon Ra and Godolphin, into the fold. Young Glaetzer has implemented many changes at the winery, particularly with regard to harvesting upon physiological ripeness vs. analysis, longer skin contact and the use of the highest possible quality oak barrels.
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Darkly concentrated and rich yet maintaining poise and freshness, the 2012 Amon-Ra displays masses of dark fruit and spice on the nose and an alluring depth and structure on the palate. Notes and black licorice, blackcurrant and dark cherry lead into firm, finely grained tannin and impressive... more
The 2011 to Amon Ra Shiraz is balancing the fruit and tannin extraction, rather than maximizing it. The fruit has such expression that we aim to preserve the characteristics of the vineyard rather than dominate them.
The 2011 Amon Ra reflects the absolute essence of the Amon Ra style -... more
The wine is a seamless fusion of two varieties: Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Almost opaque in color, the wine has masses of blackcurrant fruit on the nose with aromas of liqorice and mixed spice. The palate is full-bodied yet has great refinement and focus. The Cabernet structure will take some... more
Dark purple with youthful hues on release, the nose is a compelling mix of dark stone fruits, coffee and blackberries. The 2010 is supremely focused yet rich and rewarding on the palate. The flavors are intense yet restrained, showing brooding dark fruit characters, with cracked pepper hints, some... more
Glaetzer Wallace takes on the traditional Barossa Valley blend of
Shiraz and Grenache in a thoroughly modern way.
Black cherries and winter fruits dominate the nose - which is pure,
lively and captivating. Rich and rounded on the palate, the Grenache
adds blackberry tones and fresh acidity... more
The wine is a seamless fusion of two varieties: shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. An intriguing nose of chocolate, crushed herbs, cedar, blackberries and smoke leads into a tightly-focused palate with fine-grained tannin and incredible density. The finish is fresh and lively with flavours that linger. more
The key to Amon-Ra Shiraz is balancing the extraction, rather than maximizing it.
The fruit has such expression that we aim to preserve the characteristics of the
vineyard rather than dominate them.
The rich purple color indicates both youthful exuberance and density. A
compelling nose of... more
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... more
A blend of 75% Shiraz and 25% Grenache.
Glaetzer Wallace is a wine greater than the sum of its parts - a fusion of Shiraz and Grenache, which is a traditional blend in the Barossa Valley. Ripe, peppery old-vine Shiraz dominates and adds weight, texture and fleshy richness to the palate. The... more
Amon-Ra is considered to be the king of all gods. The temple of Amon-Ra, now known as the temple of Karnak, was believed to be the first temple to ever plant a mono-culture vineyard to produce wine for the citizens of the temple. Rameses 111 lists 513 vineyards belonging to the temple of Amon-Ra.... more