2016 Glaetzer Shiraz Bishop

Year: 2016
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Deftly balanced, with wild blackberry and blueberry notes that are concentrated and dense, offset by sophisticated details of chai tea, gingerbread and cinnamon. A juicy thread keeps the flavors bright and precise. Drink now through 2028. 250 cases imported. -MW" (WS)

"Even better than the 2015, Glaetzer's 2016 Bishop Shiraz is very similar in style, with many of the same notes of charred meat, espresso, black olives and blackberries, but with a greater sense of freshness and vitality, even a touch of red raspberry fruit. It's full-bodied and supple, turning velvety on the long finish. I'm being conservative in estimating its drinking window, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were still going strong in 2030.

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)

"A bold, rich and slightly candied shiraz with rich, sweet-smelling raspberries and vanilla across aromas red plums. The palate has smooth and fluid fruit flesh in the spectrum of red berries. Very drinkable. Drink now." (JS)

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.