Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2016
100% Shiraz blended from 35-year-old vines and 120-year-old vines is the key to Bishop. The fruit from younger vines is fresh and vibrant, while Shiraz from the oldest blocks in the Ebenezer vineyard gives structure and enhances the palate profile. The exceptional fruit for Bishop creates aromas of spice and lifted red and dark fruits with a refined opulence on the palate. Great drinking now but this wine will also benefit from 10-12 years' careful cellaring.
"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. Despite well below average rainfall and warm conditions during the growing season, the vines remained in healthy balance with increased bunch numbers. Heavy rainfall in late January followed by ongoing mild days, and cool nights allowed ideal ripening conditions. The fruit then matured with an early harvest. The resultant 2016 wines are outstanding and feature lifted pure red fruit characteristics, savoury tannins, great depth of flavour and sheer colour intensity. 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- and 3-year-old oak hogshead barrels (90% French / 10% American)." - Ben Glaetzer
World Wine – Deep purple. Really fresh on the nose with blueberry, red and black cherry, sweet spice, pepper berry and sawdusty oak. Soft and seductive on entry; cuddles the palate. Ripe, for sure, but the fruit is fresh and immediate in flavour and feel. The texture is lovely and deep with blue and black fruits rolling through. The very fine tannins have a soft, enveloping grip to them, and it finishes fresh and moreish, too. Seamless in terms of nose to tail delivery; doesn’t put a foot wrong
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