Glaetzer The Bishop Shiraz, Barossa Valley
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.
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.
'Cola, dark berries, mint chocolate, a little earth, spice and creamy oak. Rich, sweet dark berry set with coal and spice, dry grainy tannin, some nippy acidity, and a dark jubey finish. Sweet black wine, but good within style.'
91 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, April 2019.
'Dark, dense red/purple colour. An oaky bouquet with dark chocolate and cocoa powder aromas, the palate fruit-sweet and mouth-watering, more fruit-driven and refreshing. It's crisp and energising on the finish and aftertaste.'
90 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, June 2019.
'Like all of the Glaetzer bottlings tasted this year, the fruit comes from the Ebenezer subregion in the northern reaches of the Barossa Valley. The 2017 Bishop Shiraz combines blueberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose, and flavours from the fruit flow easily across the palate, picking up hints of raspberries and baking spices. It's medium to full-bodied, supple and juicy, with a long, mouthwatering finish.'
91 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, June 2019.
A rich shiraz with plenty of ripe blackberry and plum aromas and flavors, as well as baking spices. Quite long, plush and assertive tannins.
92 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2019)
A whiff of neoprene reduction soon blows violet off to reveal a sinuous wine of equal parts flesh and hewn bone: violet aromas segue to smoked charcuterie notes and a melody of blue to dark fruit tones. Setting the pace, while corralling the wine's inherent generosity into shape, is well handled oak and savvy extraction techniques. The result is one of crowd-pleasing generosity on one hand; a visage of serious ageability on the other.
91 points, Wine Companion (December 2018)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.