2018 Glaetzer Bishop

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2018 Glaetzer Bishop

Glaetzer Bishop is a true expression of Barossa Shiraz that is elegantly structured with a long finish.

Tasting Notes

Colour

Dark red with garnet edges.

Nose

Black cherries, dried spice and blackcurrant and touches of dark chocolate

Palate

Plush yet focussed, ripe tannins provide structure to the flavours of blackberry, plum and mocha.

Glaetzer Wallace takes on the traditional Barossa Valley blend of Shiraz and Grenache in a modern way. The Shiraz brings backbone, flesh and body to the wine with the Grenache adding a soft, vibrant juiciness. 

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

A wet winter and spring coupled with cooler than average spring temperatures resulted in slower yet balanced canopy development and healthy flowering and fruit set. A mild summer with regular rainfall events followed allowing the fruit to be in no rush to mature, perfect for consistent ripening. Harvest commenced a few weeks later than recent years. The 2017 wines are of excellent quality exhibiting purity and lift with firm tannins and exceptional length.

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).

About Glaetzer

This family-owned boutique winery was founded in 1995 and dedicates itself to the production of super-premium, sitespecific red wine made in small volumes. Originally from Germany, the Glaetzer family settled in Australia in the late 19th century and were some of the earliest recorded viticulturalists in the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley. Today the winery is run by internationally acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer, who is responsible for driving the brand’s considerable loyal following. Ben sources all their fruit from the northern sub-region of the Barossa, Ebenezer, which is known for its ancient dry-grown vineyards. Glaetzer’s most exceptional fruit is sourced from 80-110 year-old, nongrafted bush vines. In the cellar, Ben believes in minimal intervention and treating musts as gently as possible.

Though only limited Glaetzer wines are produced every year, the winery is known for producing wines that are unique and intense. The four popular wines produced here are the following:

  • Amon-Ra – Made from high-quality Shiraz varietals and is known for its elegance and fine balance
  • Anaperennia –Bold and opulent wine made with the smooth combination of the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals
  • Bishop – Made from the Classic Barossa Shiraz varietal and has an excellent structure
  • Wallace – Made by blending the Shiraz and Grenache varietals and is soft yet full-flavoured

    Specifications

    Year 2018
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 100% Shiraz 
    Country Australia
    Alcohol content
    14.5% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.9 units
    Type Red Wine
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Cellaring Great drinking now but this wine will also benefit from 10—12 years of careful cellaring.
    Features Vegan and Vegetarian
    Origin Barossa Valley
    Appellation South Australia