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“...And we’ve been obsessed with their wines ever since”
When Dylan and Kirby from the Sometimes Always team visited Glaetzer-Dixon a few years ago while in Hobart, you best believe the rest of us heard about their experience. The design of the tasting room. The tour of the facility. How nice Nick Glaetzer was and how good the wines were. In Kirby’s own words: “and we’ve been obsessed with their wines ever since”. It doesn’t really do it justice. Glaetzer-Dixon produce wines that are simple, expressive, very well-regarded and yet, humble. It’s truly a passion project that has been carried through and executed from the product on the shelf to the experience on site. And it sparks passion in others who stumble upon it. Clearly.
Winemaker: Nick Glaetzer
Nick Glaetzer, from the Barossa-based Glaetzer winemaking family, has forged his own path in Tasmania and made his own mark. Before settling in Tassie in 2005, he criss-crossed New and Old World regions, including Languedoc, the Pfaltz, Margaret River, Riverland, Sunraysia, Hunter Valley and Burgundy. With each posting, he picked up local knowledge and methods that have informed his winemaking techniques and crafted some truly special wines. Winning Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine’s Young Winemaker of the Year, the Jimmy Watson for the Mon Père Shiraz and landed within WSET’s ‘Future 50’, honouring him as one of the top 50 best wine and spirit professionals, also suggests he’s on the right track.
Avancé Pinot Noir 2019
We love this wine because…
In 2005, Nick Glaetzer moved from his home in the Barossa Valley, where he was a part of the fifth generation vignerons, to Tasmania. Why? To create his own wines under his own name and satiate his obsession with cool climate pinot noir. It’s wines that are this good, in both wine quality and value, that make his move worth it.
“With each posting, he picked up local knowledge and methods that have informed his winemaking techniques and crafted some truly special wines.”
Grapes for Glaetzer-Dixon wines are sourced from approximately a dozen Tasmanian growers, from Coal River and Derwent valleys in the south and Tamar Valley in the north. Many of the vineyards were some of the first planted in Tasmania when the wine industry was first established in the 1970s, under the guardianship of those same growers. Moreover, Glaetzer has planted his own 12ha vineyard at Tea Tree in the Coal River Valley, with the first harvest expected in 2021.
Throughout Nick Glaetzer’s worldly travels, he has picked up local knowledge and methods from the regions he’s worked in that he’s adapted, whether it be in the vineyard, harvest day or in the winery. In the winery, Glaetzer has introduced some techniques that add a depth to the wines not always seen from the region, including incorporating stalks in fermets, co-fermentation with Pinot Gris, carbonic maceration, cold soaking and post-ferment maceration for his Pinot Noir winemaking. Given his worldly experience, it’s no surprise that the oak he imparts on his wine is sourced from all over. French oak barriques sourced from coopers in Burgundy, Nièvre, Cognac, Rhône Valley and Barossa Valley all have their place in the Hobart winery and influence over particular wines in the Glaetzer-Dixon stable.
Überblanc Riesling 2018
We love this wine because…
Glaetzer-Dixon may be Hobart’s first urban winery, but takes its inspiration from worldly sources. For example, this riesling is picked based on the acid content and structure, and not sugar content, as winemaker Nick Glaetzer learnt to do while working in the Pfalz region of Germany. The result? A more delicate citrus-driven wine, rather than the tropical riesling Australia is better known for.
Well here it is, the first ever Tasmanian wine to win the illustrious Jimmy Watson. Sure, while that was back in 2010, the 2017 vintage still shares many commonalities of that particular wine to not make its success a fluke. Elegant, elevated and textured, this may just be the future of Australian Shiraz.
This premium pinot noir sourced from Coal River has cellaring potential for 20+ years. That is, of course, if you have the willpower to abstain from enjoying the luscious primary fruits and spices that Tasmanian pinot noir is so well regarded for now. Given its name means ‘dreamer’ in French, perhaps Glaetzer is already aware that laying this one down is nothing but a dream.
A Tasmanian Pinot Noir, made in the Beaujolais style. If you were to create a Venn diagram of this particular author’s wine preferences, Tasmanian Pinot Noir and Beaujolais would be the two larger circles and this wine would be the overlap. Maraschino cherries. Plums. Mixed spice. Drink now. **Chef’s kiss**