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Gary Walsh (The Wine Front) "It’s kind of anachronistic, I guess, but there’s a feel of solidity, and quality to this wine. It’s a gently maturing classic Australian dry red, with red and black fruit, dark mint chocolate and maybe liquorice, with spicy freshly lathed wood as seasoning. Medium to full bodied, almost succulent small dark berry fruit, toasty wood, a saline beefy character, minty perfume, firm but ripe fine grained tannin, and a gently dry and grippy finish of fine length. It’s old fashioned, yes, but kind of feels like falling back into your favourite old leather lounge. It’s a yes from me.
Winemaker's notes "Colour - Deep red, some mature hues. Nose - Intense cinnamon/chocolate/mint with refined French oak. Palate - Rich and soft with classic Langhorne Creek chocolate/mint intensity. Excellent "long" palate balanced by the French oak complexity."
Colour - Deep red, some mature hues. Nose - Intense cinnamon/chocolate/mint with refined French oak. Palate - Rich and soft with classic Langhorne Creek chocolate/mint intensity. Excellent "long" palate balanced by the French oak complexity
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
"It was his time spent at Wolf Blass that had already earned him the reputation as one of Australia’s greatest winemakers, winning the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy no less than four times plus 11 Montgomery trophies for the Best Red Wine at the Adelaide Wine Show."
The Glaetzer name is almost woven into the very fabric of the Barossa region and Australian wine itself. John is the uncle of Ben Glaetzer of Glaetzer Wines in Barossa and Nick Glaetzer of Glaetzer-Dixon in Tasmania, John and Margarete produced their first vintage of John’s Blend in 1974.
John was still working at the time a senior winemaker at Wolf Blass when they started the John’s Blend label, and it was his time spent at Wold Blass that had already earned him the reputation as one of Australia’s greatest winemakers, winning the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy no less than four times plus 11 Montgomery trophies for the Best Red Wine at the Adelaide Wine Show.
Based in one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, Langhorne Creek in South Australia, a region famed for its Cabernet Sauvignon, a variety that John and Margarete specialize in with small batch productions of super premium grapes. In 1995 they made an addition with Margarete’s Shiraz, a wine that since its release has gained equal notoriety.
John’s work with Wolf Blass has had an undeniable influence on and helped to shape Australian winemaking and he has been making his own John’s Blend for almost as long as he has for Wolf Blass. Notoriously, John is a man of few words and does very few interviews but is recognised as being one of Australia’s most decorated winemakers. He retired in 2004 after a career that spanned three decades at Wolf Blass and has put all is efforts, combining his 30 years of experience into continuing the success of John’s Blend wines.
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This wine is truly magnificent! A wonderful floral nose abundent with black fruits, cassis, vanilla pod, mocha, liquorice and eucalypt. The palate is glorious! Rich and full bodied, packed with blackcurrant, black plum and anise. Firm tannins, good acidity and great complexity with a long long finish. Very classy stuff, and extremely addictive. This wine has great aging potential too, despite being a delight to drink now. Sampled using Zalto Bordeaux glass.