2018 Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz
The distinctive labels of the Glaetzer portfolio hold special significance when you view this stunning collection of wines as a family affair. The entry level Bishop Shiraz is named in honour of Ben's mother, Judith (Bishop being her maiden name). The label bears the sign of Venus, which has come to represent women and feminine energy. Glaetzer sources fruit for the Bishop from the Ebenezer district of the Barossa valley from low yielding 35 year old to 120 year-old vines. He finds the fruit from younger vines contributes freshness & vibrancy, while Shiraz from the older blocks provides structure and depth. The great 2018 vintage produced wines of exceptional quality that feature intense depth of colour, astounding aromatic purity plus richness and brightness on the palate. Maturation took place in a combination of 90% French oak and 10% American oak for a period of 16 months of which 40% was new oak.
Vibrantly rich and pure, the outstanding 2018 vintage has produced one of the best Bishop’s in recent times.
Displays magnificent saturation of colour with an impenetrable inky black heart and a very deep dark purple black hue. Wafting through the nostrils are intense blackberry, liquorice and dark plum scents with trailing notes of vanillin oak, subtle fennel, light mocha and pepper. Bold rich and dense yet possessing a remarkable freshness, the palate is awash with blackberry, dark plum and liquorice fruits that show great opulence yet also have a youthful inkiness to them. Trailing off into the distance are subtle blueberry, spicy vanillin cedar, light scorched earth and pepper nuances. Very smooth yet sturdy tannins provide definition. Powerful yet refined with a long seductive finish.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.