2015 Glaetzer Shiraz Bishop

Year: 2015
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 91--James Halliday: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"Juicy kirsch and wild strawberry flavors are vivid and expressive, with plenty of pop from herb, fresh earth and spice accents. Harmonious on the firm finish. Drink now through 2027. 8,000 cases made. -MW " (WS)

"Big, bold and dark, the 2015 Bishop Shiraz beautifully captures Ben Glaetzer's style in an affordable package. Hints of grilled meat, espresso and black olives lend a savory side to the blackberry and cassis fruit. It's full-bodied, supple and glides slowly away on the finish, riding a soft bed of silky tannins.

I was only able to taste a couple of wines with Ben Glaetzer during my May trip to Barossa, so of course he pulled out the best. The 2004 Amon Ra continues to impress, but what Glaetzer has been beaming about the last two years is the debut of his new Shiraz bottling, The Eye of Ra. If you're a Shiraz lover and don't try to track some of this down, you'll be missing out. The rest of the wines were tasted Stateside." (WA)

"Youthful purple. Powerful smoke- and spice-accented cassis, cherry liqueur and cola aromas are sharpened by a zesty mineral element. Deep-pitched black and blue fruit flavors show a surprisingly graceful character, picking up vanilla and floral pastille accents with air. Supple and seamless on the clinging, subtly tannic finish, which leaves a sweet dark berry note behind." (VM)

"This is a bold, smooth and plump juicy version of Barossa shiraz that delivers a ball of blackberry and mulberry fruit flavor. Very approachable with some pastry-like smoothness to close. Drink now. Screw cap." (JS)

"This wine starts shy but after some time in glass reveals bramble berries, cooked meat and wild herbs. More bramble fruit bursts onto the palate morphing into big, drying tannins that are balanced by a good lick of acidity and a long, herbal and cherry-cola finish. Drink now–2027." (WE)

"In classic Glaetzer style, full-bodied and taking no prisoners. Black fruits, licorice, dark chocolate, ripe tannins and oak are woven together so tightly it's hard to tell where one starts and/or another finishes. It's not my style, but it's hard to deny the quality." (JH)

Winery Notes:
A blend of fruit (100% Shiarz) from 35 year-old vines & 120 year-old vines is the key to the Bishop cuvee. The fruit from younger vines is fresh & vibrant, whilst Shiraz from the oldest blocks in the Ebenezer vineyard give structure and enhance palate profile. Wisps of cloves, nutmeg and five spice add definition to the layers of dark stone fruits and espresso. The palate has density yet also displays savoury, textural components and fine-grained ripe tannins.

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. In mythology, the symbol meant the Roman goddess Venus or her Greek equivalent Aphrodite. But the sign has also been linked back to ancient Egypt – a nod to Bishop’s link to Amon-Ra and Anaperenna.