Readers should think of it as a French Vacqueyras on steroids. From 60-year-old vines in the Ebenezer district of Barossa, the 2005 Shiraz Bishop sees mostly French oak. It reveals a dense ruby/purple hue, beautiful, attractive notes of pepper, spice box, blackberries, and currants, and amazing richness as well as surprising elegance and definition.
Robert Parker on Oct 1st, 2006
Glaetzer Wines nestled in the Barossa Valley is steeped in family history and have been producing premium wines from within the region ever since Colin Glaetzer establish the winery. Colin learnt his winemaking skills overseas and in many of Australia’s well known wine regions. He is responsible for creating E&E Black Pepper Shiraz and The Ebenezer range of wines. It was until 1995 that he and his wife together with their sons establish Glaetzer Wines under the family name. Their first vintage was released in 1996 and ever since ‘Glaetzer’ has become a household name.
It is now Ben Glaetzer who is the driving force behind the winery, having worked on the site for so long and during holidays when he was younger. His ability to blend traditional techniques with a modern flair and using minimal intervention is reflected in the style of these wines. Ben has won many awards for his efforts including; Robert M.Parker Jnr Wine Personality of the Year’ and ‘Qantas Young Winemaker of the Year’ among others.
Situated in South Australia, 60 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, lies the Barossa Valley which has been producing wine since 1842 and these days is recognised as Australia’s quintessential wine region. The hot climate mixed with the ironstone and sandstone soil in the valley, makes excellent growing conditions for grapes and in particular, Shiraz (or Syrah) which classically is full bodied with earthy and spicy notes. Over the last 15 years there has also been an increased interest in the other red Rhone varietals Grenache and Mourvedre. The non-irrigated old vineyards on the cooler west side of the valley are the most treasured and provide fruit for Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange among many other top-quality bottlings.
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