Glaetzer Shiraz the Bishop 2004
This is a powerful, rich wine which blends intensity with the Glaetzer hallmarks of complexity and elegance. A food-friendly wine, Glaetzer Shiraz is dark purple in colour, with some hints of red. A brooding nose which takes time in the glass to evolve. Initially showing cracked pepper, mulberry and wisps of earthy spice the wine shows a multitude of aromas after breathing to display ripe plums and crushed herbs. The palate has supple tannin structure which supports masses of briary fruit and rich chocolate and roasted coffee flavours. The wine will age well for 10 years. Technical Information Winemakers: Colin Glaetzer, Ben Glaetzer Growing region: Northern Ebenezer region of the Barossa Valley, South Australia Variety: 100% Shiraz from 85-115-year old vines Vinification: The wine was fermented in small, open vats and then transferred to new French Barriques (Nevers and Troncais) and American Hogsheads. The wine is matured in oak for 16 months. Yield: 0.25-1 tonnes per acre (equivalent to 0.6–2.47 tonnes per hectare) Alcohol/volume: 14.5% pH: 3.49 Acidity: 6.9g/l
Bishop Shiraz shares many qualities with its big brother Glaetzer Shiraz. This full-bodied wine is made predominantly from 30 to 60-year-old vines at Ebenezer and always contains material from the oldest 80-year-old vines. It is made from fruit components which are more up-front and generous - it shows more animated, youthful fruit characters as opposed to the more restrained structured Glaetzer Shiraz components.The Glaetzer Bishop is deep red with purple hues. A lifted nose of ripe plums, cinnamon and spice leads to flavours of liquorice and nutmeg supported by firm, rounded tannin. The wine shows a hint of French oak which adds extra dimension to the wine's complexity.The wine will age well for 6 to 8 years.
Nose starts dark and dirty with metal, rust, fresh-cut grass, and tar dominating the medley of scents. But surprises await the patient, as baker’s chocolate, blackberry, floral, and herbs emerge during the first two hours to brighten and enrich the aromatics. At one point, the odd mixture of aromas produced an image of a “chocolate covered, rusty metal door lying on a hot, dusty asphalt road lined by fresh-cut grass.” The palate encounters earth, clay, and cut flowers on first embrace, with dark fruits dancing in the center. After four hours, sour cherries join flavors of brisket and earth/clay. This wine is actually better on the second day – with strong aromas of fruit and clay playing a pleasant duet, while pungent black cherry emerges to dominate the palate.
One and a half glasses
External Reviews for Glaetzer Shiraz the Bishop
The finest of this trio is the flagship cuvee, the 2004 Shiraz produced from 80- to 150-year-old dry farmed vineyards in the northern Ebenezer sector of the Barossa. Aged 16 months in French oak and American hogsheads, this larger-than-life, fascinat... Robert Parker. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2004 Glaetzer Shiraz 750ml
...A spicy, peppery, earthy, cherry, blackberry, and licorice-scented bouquet is turbo-charged, soaring from the glass. This full-bodied, savory, heady, rich wine boasts impressive balance, concentration, and overall mouthfeel... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2004 Glaetzer Shiraz The Bishop 750ml
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...A spicy, peppery, earthy, cherry, blackberry, and licorice-scented bouquet is turbo-charged, soaring from the glass. This full-bodied, savory, heady, rich wine boasts impressive balance, concentration, and overall mouthfeel... Robert Parker. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2004 Glaetzer Shiraz The Bishop 750ml