Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2016 Wine of the Week

There are few winemakers that do the Barossa as well as Ben Glaetzer. From top to bottom the Glaetzer range speaks volumes about the region. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Bishop – it sits in the middle of the range in terms of price and overdelivers every year. Sourced from old vines in the Ebenezer sub-district in the north of the Valley. Made with 40% new oak which is mostly French.

In 2016 Ben has produced a modern classic. Bold with all the black fruit you’d expect from the region: it’s full bodied without being heavy and has a freshness only a great Barossa vintage can offer. This is a wine for Barossa lovers and will convert those who aren’t. I drank this wine over a couple of days: coming back to it just to see how it shaped up and it got better and better.

Buy up and cellar, or open and decant for the perfect Aussie winter wine. This wine is pure hedonism – unashamedly Barossan and right on the money: it’s got balance without sacrificing the Glaetzer style! There are no reviews yet, but I have included my review below.

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Vibrant purple. Aromas and flavours of black plum, sweet spices, black cherry and chocolate. Full bodied without being heavy. There’s a freshness which alleviates any sense of heaviness, giving the wine a sense of lightness despite the power. The oak is fine grained and glossy giving the whole package a sense of polish. Tannins are fine and soft – the oak tannins and fruit seamlessly integrated, leading to a long finish. You can drink this now or cellar. Cracker for winter nights. Classic. SEBASTIAN

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