ben glaetzer

2013 Ben Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz-Grenache

FREEEEDOM!!! This wine is named after the maiden name of the winemaker’s wife but it’s a pretty big, bold, bada$$ wine for $20 so I’m going to associate it with Braveheart as well, given the Scottish thistles on the label. Rich, sweet blackberries, black cherries, dried cherries, dark chocolate, green olives, cinnamon, and leather on the nose. Both savory and fruity on the palate - plums, blackberries, and cherries with olives, pastrami rind, clove, sweetspice. Almost like the fruit that’s left and slightly dried on the top of a jar of mixed berry preserves. The alcohol feels like sweetness on the palate. Pretty fierce stuff!

5/5 bones

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Shiraz, Grenache

15% abv

Barossa Valley, AUSTRALIA

2004 Ben Glaetzer Anaperenna - Godolphin

So this is some interesting stuff - an unfiltered Shiraz - Cabernet Sauvignon blend out of Australia! Purple and blue fruit on the nose - blackberries, cocoa powder, espresso powder, raw chuck, and black pepper. Blueberry and blackberry preserves on the palate with olives in addition to the chuck, chocolate, and espresso from the nose. Kinda evil stuff! Almost seems like it’s made by a madman!

4/5 bones

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Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

15% abv

Barossa Valley, AUSTRALIA