Ben Glaetzer Anaperenna 2021

Ben Glaetzer Anaperenna 2021

Ben Glaetzer Anaperenna 2021

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Winemaking and Drinking

Ben Glaetzer Anaperenna 2021 stands as a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship of Australian winemaking. Originating from the Barossa Valley, a region globally renowned for its rich viticultural heritage, Anaperenna is a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine epitomizes the essence of premium Australian reds, reflecting both tradition and innovation.

Origins and Vineyards

Ben Glaetzer, a third-generation winemaker, is the visionary behind Anaperenna. The Glaetzer family has been entrenched in the winemaking traditions of the Barossa Valley since the 1880s, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to their craft. The 2021 Anaperenna is crafted from grapes sourced from exceptional vineyards in the Barossa Valley, specifically the Ebenezer sub-region. This area is celebrated for its old vines, some over a century old, which contribute to the wine's depth and complexity.

The vineyards are meticulously managed to ensure low yields, enhancing the concentration and intensity of the fruit. The Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines thrive in the region's unique terroir, characterized by its diverse soil types and optimal climatic conditions. This combination imparts distinctive flavors and structure to the wine, making Anaperenna a standout in the Glaetzer portfolio.

Winemaking Process

The 2021 vintage benefited from ideal growing conditions, with a long, dry ripening period allowing the grapes to develop fully before harvest. The winemaking process is a blend of traditional techniques and modern innovation. After handpicking, the grapes undergo meticulous sorting to ensure only the finest fruit is used. Fermentation occurs in small, open fermenters, followed by aging in new and seasoned French oak barrels for 16 months. This careful approach ensures a harmonious integration of fruit and oak, resulting in a wine of great balance and elegance.

Tasting Profile

Anaperenna 2021 is a luxurious blend of 82% Shiraz and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. It exhibits a deep, vibrant purple hue, indicative of its concentration. On the nose, it offers a complex bouquet of blackberry, plum, and dark cherry, intertwined with hints of licorice, dark chocolate, and spice. The palate is rich and full-bodied, with layers of black fruits, mocha, and a touch of vanilla. Silky tannins and a long, persistent finish complete the experience, making it a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for further development.

Awards and Recognition

Ben Glaetzer Anaperenna 2021 has garnered significant acclaim both domestically and internationally. It has been awarded high scores by renowned wine critics and publications, cementing its status as a top-tier Australian red. Notable accolades include a 96-point rating from James Halliday's Wine Companion, which praised its depth, complexity, and aging potential. Additionally, it received a Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards, highlighting its international appeal and recognition among the global wine community.

The Ben Glaetzer Anaperenna 2021 is more than just a wine; it is a reflection of the rich heritage and innovative spirit of Australian winemaking. With its origins deeply rooted in the Barossa Valley, exceptional vineyard management, meticulous winemaking process, and numerous awards, Anaperenna 2021 stands as a beacon of quality and excellence in the world of wine.

Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerBen Glaetzer
StateSouth Australia
RegionBarossa Valley
VarietyShiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Volume750 mL