New Release Grandma Raethel
Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013
Region: Barossa Valley
From the wine maker Benjamin Parker:
'The Grandma Raethel wines will always have a special meaning as they represent the start of my winemaking career.
I arrived in the Barossa Valley in 2004 in time for my first vintage at the Veritas-Rolf Binder Winery, the junior apprentice starting as a cellar hand, to progress to the role of winemaker for Glug.
This vintage was important as the business idea I had tossed around with David in late 2003 to create Glug meant a change of occupation and a move from Melbourne and to be working with grapes and wine showed the adventure had begun.
While tending Rolf’s barrel stock after vintage I was taken by the beauty of a Shiraz which was a blend from two regions, Greenock and Vine Vale, the latter from the famous Hearnden family property.
I was keen to get Glug moving and had developed the idea of using a traditional Barossa family name to pay homage to the Barossa Valley and this became Grandma Raethel.
All it needed was a wine and Rolf stepped-up and graciously sold the new business two barrels of that wine which had impressed me so much. This became the Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Shiraz 2001 and was released in 2006.
Over the next twelve vintages we released seven Grandma Raethel reds, a library of my wine making skills.
To now be releasing the eighth, the Grandma Raethel Shiraz 2013, made with my assistant Greg Liebelt is a satisfying moment, a small part of the long road the Glug business has traveled.
The source of the grapes was a single vineyard in the far northern Barossa and we made 108 cases.'