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97+ Points - Stuart McCloskey "The ’14 Margarete’s Shiraz burst from the glass with warm earth and mint. With more aeration the aromas move towards a lovely savouriness of smoked charcuterie, well-hung game, charcoal and liquorice. The nose is full of drama whereas, and quite by surprise, the palate is reserved which is really pleasing. The individual components completed primary & secondary fermentation in new, French oak hogsheads. The wine matures for a further twenty-six months prior to bottling (Aug 2016). The tight grains of the French oak come through a treat and add a lovely textural element and framework to the fruit. The wine is masterfully controlled and full of sappy red & black fruits – cassis and redcurrant coming to the fore. Again, with more aeration, the wine moves towards a savoury characteristic. There is a level of concentration to be admired however, it’s the wines sense of completeness and harmony which is beautiful. The acidity is mouth-watering and the finish is truly endless. Such is the complexity, I could spend an entire evening with the same bottle and write ten, separate tasting notes. Its potential is exciting and I look forward to sampling a bottle in 5-10 years. Today I award 97+ but know there’s much more to come. Drink from now through to 2035. Decanted for 5 hours and served with Zalto’s Bordeaux glassware.
95 points - James Halliday "From four vineyards, vinified separately, fermented and matured for 26 months in new French hogsheads. Practice makes perfect, and John Glaetzer has practiced unrelentingly for 42 years. The vinification, oak usage and the reliable climate of Langhorne Creek mean that you know what you will get without taking the cork out of the bottle."
Colour - Very deep rich and intense red Nose - Very powerful intense chocolate and eucalypt mint with complex French oak lift. Pallet - A rich full bodied red showing classic Langhorne Creek character of chocolate/mint / plum. While full bodied, the palate is balanced with French oak backing with a soft tannin finish
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
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 wines depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhone style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay as well, 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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