The Glaetzer family emigrated from Germany in 1888, settling in the South Australian town of Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley. The family are reported to be some of the earliest viticulturalists in the area. In 1995, after having worked in the wine industry for 30 years, Colin Glaetzer founded his eponymous wine label. The fruit for all Glaetzer wines is sourced from a small sub-region of the Barossa Valley called Ebenezer, just north of Nuriootpa. Some of the vines are around 80-110 years old, producing as little as 0.5 to 1 tonne per acre—younger vines generally produce around 2.5 to 3 tonnes per acre. These low yields translate to wines that are intensely flavoured and complex. Colin’s son, Ben, has a stellar reputation, in Australia and abroad as a ‘flying winemaker’, having won the Qantas Winemaker of the Year award at the age of 26. Ben is renowned as one of Australia’s most acclaimed winemakers, and as a winemaker for Mitolo Wines in McLaren Vale, as well as having started the new brand Heartland, is in great demand.
Glaetzer produce four wines at various price points: Wallace, a blend of Shiraz and Grenache from the Barossa Valley; Bishop, a Shiraz; Anaperenna, a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet; and Amon Ra, their flagship Shiraz, which is matured on its lees (dead yeast cells) and then bottled unfiltered ‘to ensure minimal intervention with the wine’s natural characteristics.’ This is an uncommon practice for a red wine, although it doesn’t seem to matter, as it continually receives excellent reviews from the world’s wine critics.
Check out the Glaetzer website for more information on their range.