Glaetzer Bishop is a true expression of Barossa Shiraz that is elegantly structured
with a long finish.
Exceptional old vine fruit was sourced from the famed Ebenezer sub district at the
northern tip of the Barossa Valley. Vine age 35—120 years old. Yield 3 tonnes per
The growing season started well with above average winter rainfall but was
followed by well below average spring and summer rainfall coupled with warm
temperatures. Fortunately our vines were in perfect balance with healthy
canopies assisting even ripening and fruit flavour development. Harvest
commenced very early in late January. Calm Indian summer conditions began in
early March which were perfect for finishing off vintage. The resultant 2018 wines
are of exceptional quality featuring intense depth of colour, astounding aromatic
purity plus richness and brightness on the palate.
Fermented in 1 and 2 tonne open fermenters. Extended maceration was
employed to enable good tannin development so the wine is soft and
approachable early. Matured for 16 months in a mix of 40% new oak and 60% 2—
3 year old oak hogshead barrels (90% French / 10% American).
Colour: Dark purple, almost impenetrable.
Aroma: Black fruits abound. Dark plums and blackberry notes intermingle with
anise and fresh spice.
Palate: Bright and juicy with a wonderfully rich mid-palate that maintains balance
and finishes with texture. Flavours of dried spice and dark berry fruits add
freshness and dimension.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
93 Points – Silver
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.
Published in James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2021 Edition, 1st August 2020, Australia
Winsor Dobbin, Ciao Magazine
Classic Style. Here is one for lovers of classic, bold Barossa shiraz – and it is made by Ben Glaetzer, a member of one of the most
famous winemaking families in the region. This uses fruit from Ebenezer in the northern Barossa and had typical dark fruit and
dried spice notes. An each-way bet, it can be enjoyed right now or cellared for a few years. A serious wine that can be matched
with just about any red meat dish.
This has deep, rich aromas and flavors of blackberries and ripe dark plums. It delivers in a pure and supple mode and carries
plenty of weight into the soft, fleshy and drinkable finish.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
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.
Joe Czerwinski, 2020 Wine Advocate Review
Ray Jordan, The West Australian
Comes from very old vines in the Ebenezer subregion of the Barossa. Love this wine. Intense blackberry and plum characters
merge on the nose and palate. There is a vibrant mouth feel with deep Barossa flavours. Some spices and subtle dried herbs
complement the dark fruits and hint of licorice. Super value wine for this quality.