2018 Glaetzer Barossa Valley Bishop Shiraz
Ben Glaetzer makes unique, elegant wines with minimal intervention, which are regarded as classics and unmistakably Barossa. His ability to blend traditional winemaking techniques with a modern flair is reflected in the style of all wines under the Glaetzer label. All fruit for Glaetzer Wines is taken from the small sub-region of the northern Barossa Valley, called Ebenezer. The ancient dry-grown vineyards in the renowned Ebenezer district are an important part of Australia’s winemaking heritage and a living link 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 exceptional fruit is sourced from 80-110 year old, non-grafted bush vines which are extremely low yielding. The very old vines require minimal attention. Their deep root structure means they are self-sufficient and can adapt to climatic extremes. Ebenezer has a unique soil profile. The well-drained sandy clay loam over a solid limestone pan is perfect for growing Shiraz. The soil is 'mean' and encourages deep roots which helps produce hugely concentrated wines of great character.
What The Critics Say
93/100 Halliday's Wine Companion, James Halliday
"From vines 35-120yo in Ebenezer yielding 3t/ha. Open-fermented, extended maceration, then maturation for 16 months in hogsheads (40% new 90% French). The use of French oak has put a polish on the wine, which has a loyal following."
92/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
"All Shiraz, all from the Ebenezer section of the northern Barossa, the 2018 Bishop Shiraz is a super value in the context of Barossa, and Australian Shiraz in general. Matured in only 5% new oak hogsheads, it delivers bountiful cherry and raspberry fruit, accented by hints of mocha and cola. It's medium to full-bodied, plump and juicy, fruity and lush, but reined in by firm, savory tannins on the long, mouthwatering finish. It should drink well for up to a decade." Drink 2020 - 2030
The Sunday Telegraph, John Fordham (2015 vintage)
"The name Glaetzer is synonymous with ultra-fine Australian winemaking and Ben Glaetzer certainly upholds the family’s reputation with this cracker shiraz from the Barossa Valley. His superb handling of fruit from a top vintage has delivered a wine with great balance and texture flanked by rich, savoury flavours."
|Variety||Shiraz / Syrah|
|Maturity||2020 - 2031|
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