GlaetzerWebsite : www.glaetzer.com
Talk of Glaetzer being a ‘rising star’ of the Barossa seems odd when you consider that the first members of the family settled here in 1888, emigres from Brandenberg in Germany. They were among the earliest recorded grape growers in the Barossa and Clare Valleys, but it was more than a century later that Colin Glaetzer began making wines under the family name.
Today, Colin’s son Ben is in charge, sourcing most of the Glaetzer fruit from selected third and fourth generation growers in Ebenezer, a small sub-region of the northern Barossa. Here, ungrafted bush vines of up to 110 years old, with yields as low as 1–2 tonnes per hectare, produce wines of particular elegance and intensity.
Ben’s relative youth belies his experience: he made his first wine at the age of 14 (although he assures us that he’s improved since then…) and has a wine CV that includes vintages in the Hunter with Tyrell’s and working as a grape buyer in Armenia.
Ben’s prodigious talent helped make him, in 2005, the youngest ever ‘Baron of the Barossa’ – a fraternity of the Barossa Valley whose life membership is granted by invitation only.
Other wines by this producer
Enticing liquorice and fragrant herb notes on the nose, revealing hints of dark stone fruits and cassis with layers of roasted coffee beans. The key characteristic on the palate is the textural tannins that provide support for the supple yet restrained palate - finishing with freshness, purity and length.
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 whilst the old-vine Shiraz adds structure, hints of liquorice and bright fruit.
Wisps of cloves, nutmeg and five spice add definition to the layers of dark stone fruits and espresso. The palate has density yet also displays savoury,textural components and fine-grained ripe tannins.