This was a lot more acidic than I remember when I first tasted it, It needs a steak to balance it out. Alone it is ok but a little off balance.
Excellent showing of Barossa's darling Shiraz. Deep spiciness mingles with juicy fruits. Even better the next day!
Another knock out from one of my favorite producers from Australia! The Wallace by Ben Glaetzer is named so as it is the old family name of Ben's grandmother Judith whose ancestors hailed from town of Cupar in Fife, Scotland. The wine itself is infusion of two classic grapes, Shiraz and Grenache, from the prestigious sub-region of Ebenezer in the Barossa Valley. Aged in used French and American oak for 14 months this blend of 80% Shiraz and 20% Grenache has ripe aromas of cracked pepper, blueberries and toffee. The palate is balanced between the Shiraz, which contributes weight, texture and richness with flavors black berry and blueberry. While the Grenache adds sweet cherry, strawberry and earthy characters. This wine is definitely drinking well now but if you do cellar it would be a very nice treat in about 5 years.
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This is mainly Shiraz, with only 20-25% Grenache, and it acts more like a Shiraz than a blend, offering up aromas of blueberries, tar and roasted meats. Hints of mint, vanilla and cedar complete the picture. Dense and thickly textured, it should drink well over the next 5-7 years.
Sweetly fragrant, with hints of white pepper and stone fruit that veer toward cherries and spice on the palate. The silky texture is a treat, with just enough tart acidity on the finish for balance. Drink nowndash;2010.
Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz / Grenache 2006: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (14 Monate), lagerfähig 5 - 7 Jahre ab Jahrgang,Jahrgang: 2006Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Barossa ValleyWeingut: Glaetzer WinesRebsorte: 70% Shiraz, 30% Grenache Restzucker: 0,5 g/LiterRestsäure: 6,75 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein
Deep red. Smoky black raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by zesty white pepper and minerals; showing its grenache side today. Silky and sweet, with deep red berry preserve flavors, fully absorbed tannins and good bite. Leaves an exotic candied licorice note behind on the vibrant, juicy finish, which strongly repeats the red berry tone.
Crisp and lively, with black olive and blackberry flavors mingling on the lean structure. The flavors persist nicely. Drink now through 2013.
The 2006 Wallace, tasted from a barrel sample, is a 70% Shiraz, 30% Grenache blend with an identical oak treatment. The 2006 is more structured than the 2005 but they could otherwise pass as identical twins. Hats off to Ben Glaetzer for producing an extraordinary portfolio!
Bright and lively, with a fresh feel to the red cherry, raspberry and spice aromas and flavors, lingering expressively against refined tannins. Drink now through 2012.