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


Shiraz, Grenache

15% abv

Barossa Valley, AUSTRALIA

Barossa 07: Ben versus Bob, their best Shiraz from a bitch of a vintage…

2007 Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz $A80, Barossa Valley, SA

Thick and inky, sweet spice and star anise, dark chocolate and some attractive blueberry fruit. A good drink for those who like the big barossa style, only let down by a somewhat clumsy finish. It tasted better on release, hopefully the tannins are just in an awkward phase at the minute and will resolve with a bit more time.

2007 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz $A50, Barossa Valley SA

Relatively straightforward wine, plums and coffee were the first 2 things which entered my mind when upon smelling and tasting it. Not a particularly interesting wine, but not a bad wine either. The expectation of something special due the wine’s iconic nature is probably dulling my experience of it. 

Thought it would be interesting to see an old school icon go up against a modern cult hero given the tough vintage (2007) to see if one approach would fare better than the other.

The only thing that was clear to me is that both Ben Glaetzer and Rob O'Callaghan successfully convey their style consistently through their wines, in good times and in bad. 

This post came out more nerdy and boring than I hoped. It’s been a long day.

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


Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

15% abv

Barossa Valley, AUSTRALIA