The name Glaetzer is firmly stitched into the fabric of Barossan winemaking. Patriarch Colin Glaetzer established Glaetzer wines in 1995, with the winemaking duties now headed up by his son, Ben. Ben's two brothers, and his uncle are also successful winemakers - so it's certainly in the family!
Glaetzer Wines have become renowned for their rich, yet elegant Barossa style. Ben now produces limited quantities of super-premium wine, from old, dry-grown vineyards that yield stunning quality fruit.
The name Anaperenna has been inspired by Anna Perenna, the Roman goddess of the New Year. Anna Perenna symbolises the year's cycle and her name translates as 'enduring year'. Romans honoured Anna Perenna with a festival held on the first full moon of the Roman calendar. On March 15th they would ask Anna to grant them longevity, and a healthy year for each glass of wine they drank on that day.
Glaetzer Anaperenna is a seamless fusion of the two varieties Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Voluptuous, opulent and yet refined, with a very long and satisfying finish.
82% Shiraz and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Shiraz vines are between 30 and 100 years old, the Cabernet between 30 and 130. Yields are 2.5 tonnes per hectare. Fermented in 1- and 2-tonne open fermenters, hand-plunged 3 times daily. Matured for 16 months in 100% new oak hogshead barrels (92% French and 8% American, on lees to maintain fruit profile and animation. Bottled unfiltered to ensure minimal interference with the wine’s natural characteristics.
Glaetzer Anaperenna is a seamless fusion of the two varieties Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Voluptuous, opulent and yet refined, with a very long and satisfying finish. To the eye it’s impenetrable black with a hint of purple. The nose shows a spectrum of spicy yet plummy fruit, intense notes of liquorice and mixed herbs. In the mouth it displays dense dark flavours yet with freshness and drive. It’s a wine that will mature extremely well with long term cellaring up to 20 years.
With a family history in the Barossa Valley dating back to 1888, Glaetzer Wines was established by Colin Glaetzer after 30 years of winemaking experience. Son Ben worked in the Hunter Valley and as a Flying Winemaker in many of the world's wine regions before returning to Glaetzer Wines and assuming the winemaking role. The wines are made with great skill and abundant personality.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
I love what Glaetzer's inclusion of Cabernet brings to the 2017 Anaperenna Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon, giving it additional fragrance and length. Lifted aromas of mint, raspberries and dark chocolate mark the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich and velvety but never heavy, framed by supple tannins that turn silky on the long, long finish. Showing great focus, energy and intensity, expect it to still be going strong in a decade.'
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Deep, dark red/purple hue and a rich, chocolate, vanilla, blackberry bouquet with a subtle smoky, char-oak overlay. It's full-bodied and sumptuously rich, fleshy and texturally lovely. A full-bodied, rich, ripe, superbly balanced wine, which drinks very well already but surely has a big cellaring future.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
A quintessential Australian blend of shiraz (82%) and cabernet (18%), this is a brooding wine of considerable chutzpah manifest in old vine fruit, sourced from 30yo to centurion plots, across the famed Ebenezer sub-climate. The result is bumptious, yet in the Barossan context, refined, taut, long of finish and highly ageable. Soy, star anise and dried fruitcake spice lace high octane blue to dark fruit references. These are lit by lilac florals and smoky barrel ferment aromas, following 16 months in new hogsheads (92% French; the remainder American).
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
'Kahlua, black fruit, mint, sage and vanilla. Full-bodied, sweet tannin, good length, the flavours packed with chocolate, salted beef and herb. Plush. No prisoners.'
I like the anchoring effect of the cabernet in this blend, which really adds a central spine to the palate and brings length to the wine. Plenty of ripe dark fruit – cassis and blackberries – that really hold the finish long.