Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2015
This wine is by now difficult to get by, and it is one of the best Shiraz wines around for its being a pure, vibrant, flavoursome red with no complex aftertaste. A little on the sweet side for a red. A delicious and bold red for people who usually drink white and may be looking to transition to red wine.
From vines of over 125 years old, this big Shiraz precisely what winemaker Ben Glaetzer is famous - Shiraz that is hedonistically rich but perfectly plush and polished. Delicious doesn't describe this one. You could try to cellar it, but you'd be giving yourself years and years of absolute torture.
All fruit for Glaetzer Wines is from the small sub-region of the northern Barossa Valley, called Ebenezer, whose sandy clay loam over a solid limestone pan gives 'mean' environment and encourage deep roots facilitating hugely concentrated wines of great character. These ancient dry-grown vineyards in the renowned Ebenezer district are a vital part of winemaking heritage and a living proof to traditional Barossa viticulture. Exceptional fruit from a loyal group of third and fourth generation Barossa grape growers is the backbone of Glaetzer wines. The most prominent fruit sources from 80-110-year-old, non-grafted bush vines which are extremely low yielding.
James Halliday consistently ranked the wine at JH 95 level (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). Typical descriptions are :
95/100 James Halliday "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."