A blend of fruit from 35 year-old vines & 120 year-old vines is the key to Bishop. The Fruit from the younger vines is fresh & vibrant, whilst Shiraz from the oldest blocks in the Ebenezer vineyard gives structure and enhances the palate profile. A brooding nose of blackberry and liquorice notes with a hint of cedar spice. The plate displays a core of bold dark fruits yet remains layered, restrained and tight. This wine will benefit from 10-12 years careful cellaring.
Glaetzer Shiraz Bishop
The relationship with the Glaetzer winery began with the release of Ben Glaetzer’s 2001 Amon Ra Shiraz. With the 2004 vintage, Ben Glaetzer took over winemaking at Glaetzer and brought his own flagship wines into the fold. The Glaetzer philosophy focuses simply on the production of small-volume, super premium wines. The company holds a firm belief that the wines are made in the vineyard – a combination of the French notion of terroir combined with Australian vineyard site knowledge. The wines are produced from vines grown in well-drained sandy clay loam over a solid limestone pan. This particular soil, widely recognized as the best for dry grown Shiraz, is limited to the Ebenezer region in the northwestern part of the Barossa Valley. Yields are exceptionally low, with 1 to 1 1/2 tons per acre of Shiraz from some of the 80-year old vines being common. Glaetzer has exceptional fruit, and thus opts for a minimalist approach.