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2015 Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz

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The Glaetzer name is synonymous with many of the Barossa’s most famous drops produced by patriarch Colin. Today the Glaetzer name proudly continues with son Ben responsible for winemaking duties. This Shiraz uses fruit from vineyards ranging from 35 years to 120 years, the younger fruit impart freshness while the older lends concentration and structure. An incredibly expressive Shiraz showing plum, damson and coffee complexity as well as cloves and other exotic spices. The palate is dense and textured with beautifully rounded tannins. A wine that improves with hearty flavoured food.

Winemaker's Notes

Glaetzer Bishop is a true expression of Barossa Shiraz that is elegantly structured with a long finish. Bishop is the family name of Colin's wife' Judith. Fittingly the sign of Venus, a symbol which has come to represent women and feminine energy, is the centrepiece of the Bishop label. In mythology, the symbol meant the Roman goddess Venus or her Greek equivalent Aphrodite. But the sign has also been linked back to ancient Egypt – a nod to Bishop’s link to Amon-Ra and Anaperenna.

Vineyards: Exceptional old vine fruit was sourced from the famed Ebenezer sub-district at the northern tip of the Barossa Valley. Vine age 35 ­- 120 years old. Yield 3 tonnes per hectare.

Vintage Conditions: Above average winter rain followed by warm spring temperatures resulted in healthy vines showing significant early bud growth. Mild temperatures during December and January coupled with good end of January rain set up the vines nicely for the ripening period. Harvest started early on 14 February and was completed on 15 April consistent with the normal finishing time. The resultant 2015 vintage wines have deep, vibrant colours with savoury tannins and rich, seductive flavours.

Vinification: Fermented in 1 and 2 tonne open fermenters. Extended maceration was employed to enable good tannin development so the wine is soft and approachable early. Matured for 16 months in a mix of 40% new oak and 60% 2 ­- 3 year old oak hogshead barrels (90% French / 10% American).

Colour: Deep purple.

Aroma: Layers of violets and cloves on the nose with hints of mulberry and dark chocolate.

Palate: Purity of dark fruits and cut plums on the palate with firm, savoury tannins, impressive depth and harmony.

Peak Drinking: Great drinking now but this wine will also benefit from 10 ­- 12 years of careful cellaring.

Alc/vol: 15.0%

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2015 Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz

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James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
In classic Glaetzer style, full-bodied and taking no prisoners. Black fruits, licorice, dark chocolate, ripe tannins and oak are woven together so tightly it's hard to tell where one starts and/or another finishes. It's not my style, but it's hard to deny the quality.
Drink by 2030
Tony Keys (2015 Vintage) says
The smell is out of the glass long before the glass is anywhere near the nose, it’s a powerful wine in all departments but so well constructed it works, and works wonderfully. Rich, ripe full strong and all in balance, one could say it’s a cold winter night wine, but I find a short spell in the fridge to stop the aroma and flavours going wild makes it good at any time of the year.
Huon Hooke (2015 Vintage) says
The colour is deep, dark red/purple and the bouquet is rich, ripe and quite oak-tinged, while the mouthfeel is soft and full-bodied with attractive flavour and balance. It’s a delicious Shiraz of balance, elegance and persistence.
2017 - 2032
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Deep crimson - purple; a scaled down version of Amon-Ra, elegance substituted for the flamboyant concentration of Amon-Ra, but the flavour spectrum very similar, the only difference a pleasing savoury note on the finish of this wine.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Australia, 03/12/2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A big and hearty shiraz, as is the Glaetzer way, this manages to pack an awful lot into each bottle: plenty of dark and ripe blackberry fruit, creamy oak and some tarry notes. The palate s smooth and soft on entry, flows like a soft-centred dark chocolate filled with blackberry cream, and nutty oak weighs in at the finish.
Good Wine Guide
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Dark purple-crimson; unashamedly full-bodied, laden to the gills with black fruits, dark chocolate, leather and mocha; will benefit from a minimum of 5 years in bottle and live for another 20.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Pulsing with palate coating rich blackberry fruit this has brightness and surprising freshness and tightness given the flavour ripeness.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep, dense purple; a more immediately complex bouquet has elements of spice and herb that come through on the lively medium- to full-bodied palate; there is a myriad of flavours to be found, yet they present a coherent whole through to the long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Cop the colour on this! Brilliant black, glowing purple. Very youthful and more than a bit jammy at present - tastes a bit like Liquorice Allsorts, with blueberry and cracked black pepper in support. Walsh reckons it's full of pulpy rich fruit, open-weave grainy tannins and mochalike oak'. Both of us reckon it needs to be either cellared for a couple of years or given a good stint in a decanter.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright colour; there is a fresh herb undercurrent to the dark fruit bouquet, also set offby a touch of prune; the palate is warm and thickly textured and offers a full array of sweet fruit, toasty oak and firm tannin on the finish
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Built in typical luscious Glaetzer style, medium- to full-bodied with blackberry and (unusually) some notes of cassis and raspberry; the tannins are soft and fine, oak in its place; stained cork a worry.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Pulsing with richness this has an extra level of detail to the flavour and tightness of texture over the Wallace.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Ben Glaetzer took over the reigns at Glaetzer wines a few years back - no small feat considering that his father and uncle are Barossa winemaking legends - and now makes the wines fresher, lower in obvious oak, and arguably more interesting to drink. 2006 RELEASE It needs a couple of hours in the decanter but it's an intelligently restrained wine. It tastes of warm, inky blackberry and ironstone, the tannins almost metallic in their minerally, rock-strewn character - though there's still a softness to them that is beguiling. Is the alcohol just a touch shrill? There's plenty to think about here, partly why it's so easy to keep going back for more, DRINK 2012-2019.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Again, luscious and rich, with cascades of black fruits; perhaps not with quite the same finesse as the Barossa Valley Shiraz; good tannin and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Pulsing with richness this has an extra level of detail to the flavour and tightness of texture over the Wallace.
Rob Geddes MW

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