The Beginning of a Legend….
A constant persuit of excellence in every aspect of production is the key to the success of John and Margarete Glaetzer’s family business, which produces John’s Blend.Official Red Five Star Winery in the 2011 Wine Companion John and Margarete have seen their vision come to fruition when the 1974 John’s Blend was first released in 1977. This classic Australian red wine continues the award winning success story of John Glaetzer, over many years of wine making for some of Australia’s top wine producers. Over 30 years experience of fine wine making has established John Glaetzer to hand craft these uniques reds. Small batches of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the alluvial soils of Langhorne Creek and Shiraz from Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale are crushed, fermented, pressed and blended into oak hogsheads for maturation. These small batches of grapes become John’s Blend, a select, super premium label with limited production. In 1995 a rich and intense Margarete’s Shiraz was added to the label, a perfect companion to the Cabernet Sauvignon – both wines offer a unique experience to red wine connoiseurs all over the world.
John and Margarete Glaetzer’s family business produces John’s Blend.
They had a vision of creating their own unique premium wine label – John’s Blend was the result. First vintaged in 1974, the Cabernet Sauvignon was created under this new label. John’s Blend was an instant success when it was released in 1977. The then youthful John had already worked with some of the greats of Australian wine, including John Vickery and starting work with Wolf Blass after graduating from the Oenology course in 1970.
John’s Blend developed side-by-side with numerous Wine Show honours and John’s own prominent role in Wolf Blass Wines as the senior red winemaker.
The result was hardly surprising; for John’s part in the story of Wolf Blass Wines, resulted in winning an unrivalled four of the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophies for Australia’s top red wine 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1999. Also winning eleven Montgomery Trophies for the finest red wines at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, to name just a few of the awards.
It would be fair to say that in Australia’s fine wine making fraternity there are few others who share, with John Glaetzer, the extent and depth of contribution to super premium red wine.
With over thirty years experience in fine wine making, John continues to provide the unique experience of John’s Blend to connoisseurs from around the world.
In 1995 – Margarete’s Shiraz was added. A wine that is rich and intense – a perfect companion to the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Both strictly limited wines, the John’s Blend companions, are as friendly and as rewarding as its maker; and reflects, like John and Margarete themselves, the richness and enjoyment of Australian finest wine regions and their people.
There’s Life in the Old Dog Yet.
John is also involved with “Gipsie Jack” – a new and exciting Wine Label developed by two Industry stalwarts – himself and Bill Potts.
“Gipsie Jack is named after John’s beloved Jack Russel. Jack is also Irish for John, this wine displays the nature of a true partnership between a man and his dog”.
For more information please visit Gipsie Jack.