Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Wallace Shiraz Grenache by Ben Glaetzer, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2006 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Wallace Shiraz Grenache by Ben Glaetzer, Barossa Valley, California, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol.  This is a blend of 80% shiraz and 20% grenache, first sampled eight years from vintage date.

In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft and full of the minty cedarness of Barossa shiraz.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet, big and full.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact poised between the boldness of a full-on Aussie shiraz and a more muted, aged red fruit.  Does show hot with alcohol at the first touch, but the sip evolves to a more lingering robe of sweet fruit, with a solid acid cleanse at the tip.  With a bit of air, more chocolate and red fruit comes along.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars with a plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good value.

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