9th Vintage Release of Grandma
Grandma Raethel Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
This 2016 is the 6th Grandma Shiraz and like the Cabernet focusses on sourcing from all of the Barossa rather than a tiny local sub-region. It is after all our tribute to all of the German pioneers that have made the Barossa Valley such a unique part of the Australian wine landscape.
This how the first Grandma Raethel Shiraz came about from Benjamin:
'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.'