2019 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. 2019 was a low yielding vintage but one that delivered high quality, concentrated fruit. 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.
Vintage commenced later than usual as a result of the flowering impact. Despite this Ben Glaetzer regards the sheer quality and balanced concentration of the fruit to be astounding. The resultant 2019 wines are showing dark and vibrant colour, terrific aromatic lift and freshness with tight yet approachable young tannins.
A classic yet modern expression of Barossa Shiraz that combines both opulence and structure.
Impenetrable black as night colour with a deep dark red black hue. Heady ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark plum aromas flood the olfactory senses followed by spicy vanillin oak, hints of dark chocolate and peppered fennel like notes. Rich and opulent yet also well structured the full bodied palate is awash with blackberry, liquorice and dark plum fruits. Notions of spicy vanillin cedar, fennel and pepper lie in the background. Excellent drive and concentration finishing with good freshness, plenty of pepper and a fleshy yet some what muscular aftertaste that lingers long after the wine has been swallowed.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.