Beautifully floral and aromatic nose, laced with polished fruit and silky oak notes, while the palate is generous and smooth and with a fine, black pepper finish.
Bishop 2016 is a robust Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, produced from 30 to 100 year old grapevines. “Bishop” is the maiden name of Judith Glaetzer, wife of Colin, who started the winemaking family business in the Barossa Valley 30 years ago. Today Ben continues the tradition. The vines are dry-farmed in the Ebenezer sub-region. This flavoursome red is very approachable now, tannins are soft. The wine has seen extensive oak ageing with 15 months in 40% new 245 litre barrels, 90% French and 10% American and is well-integrated. Lots of ripe black fruit texture and savoury flavours on this full-bodied red.
Shiraz food pairings: game meats, rare roast beef, spice-braised lamb, burgers with blue cheese. 89/100 November 13, 2018 Natalie MacLean
Robert Parker Wine Advocate 2016 Bishop, 92 Points. Even better than the 2015, Glaetzer’s 2016 Bishop 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.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion 2016 Bishop, 95 Points. Deep Crimson-purple; a complex wine, both in terms of its savoury flavours and its texture. Black fruits provide the core of the palate, with graphite, earth and tannins all on parade. It has absorbed and totally integrated the oak, which suits the wine to a T.