Ben Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2020

Ben Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2020

Ben Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2020

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The Ben Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2020 is a testament to the rich viticultural heritage and innovative winemaking that characterize the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Crafted by the renowned winemaker Ben Glaetzer, this wine blends two iconic varietals—Shiraz and Grenache—to create a harmonious and expressive wine that embodies the essence of the region.

The origins of the Wallace Shiraz Grenache trace back to the Glaetzer family, who have been involved in the Barossa Valley wine industry for over a century. Ben Glaetzer, the current custodian of this legacy, is a third-generation winemaker who has gained international acclaim for his skill and creativity. The 2020 vintage reflects his deep understanding of the region’s terroir and his commitment to producing high-quality wines.

The grapes for the Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2020 are sourced from carefully selected vineyards across the Barossa Valley, an area known for its ideal grape-growing conditions. The Shiraz grapes come from low-yielding, old vines that contribute concentrated flavors and a robust structure to the wine. Meanwhile, the Grenache grapes are sourced from ancient bush vines that add a layer of complexity and elegance, with bright red fruit flavors and a hint of spice.

Specific Domestic and International Awards

The Ben Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2020 has garnered significant acclaim in both domestic and international wine competitions. Its balanced composition and expressive character have earned it a place among the top wines from the Barossa Valley. Some of the notable awards include:

  • Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards (2021): This prestigious competition recognized the Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2020 for its exceptional quality and distinctive style.
  • 95 Points from James Halliday’s Wine Companion: Australia’s foremost wine critic, James Halliday, praised the wine for its depth, balance, and vibrant fruit profile.
  • Silver Medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (2021): The IWSC awarded the wine a silver medal, highlighting its complexity and superb craftsmanship.
  • Best of Show at the Barossa Wine Show (2021): In its home region, the Wallace Shiraz Grenache stood out among its peers, earning top honors for its outstanding representation of Barossa Valley winemaking.


The vineyards contributing to the Ben Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2020 are located in prime areas of the Barossa Valley. These vineyards benefit from a unique combination of ancient soils, favorable climate, and meticulous vineyard management. The Shiraz vines, aged between 30 and 100 years, are planted in soils rich in ironstone and clay, which impart depth and intensity to the wine. The Grenache vines, some over a century old, are rooted in sandy loam soils that enhance their aromatic profile and finesse.

Ben Glaetzer’s approach to viticulture is one of minimal intervention, allowing the unique characteristics of the terroir to shine through. This philosophy, combined with careful selection and blending, results in a wine that is both powerful and elegant, showcasing the best attributes of Shiraz and Grenache. In conclusion, the Ben Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2020 is a distinguished wine that captures the essence of the Barossa Valley through its masterful blend and high-quality grape sourcing.

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