Ben Glaetzer Bishops Shiraz 2019

Ben Glaetzer Bishops Shiraz 2019

Ben Glaetzer Bishops Shiraz 2019

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Winemaking and Drinking

Introduction

Ben Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2019 is an exemplary wine that has garnered significant acclaim both domestically and internationally. Produced by the renowned Glaetzer family, this Shiraz embodies the rich viticultural history of the Barossa Valley, a region synonymous with some of the finest wines in the world. The 2019 vintage is particularly notable for its exceptional quality, balance, and depth, reflecting the meticulous craftsmanship and passion of winemaker Ben Glaetzer.

Background

The Glaetzer family has been a cornerstone of the Barossa Valley wine industry for over a century. Their journey began in the 1880s when the family emigrated from Germany to Australia, bringing with them a rich tradition of winemaking. The legacy continued to evolve with each generation, culminating in the establishment of Glaetzer Wines by Colin Glaetzer in 1995. His son, Ben Glaetzer, took the reins as winemaker, bringing a modern touch to the family's time-honored practices.

The Vineyard and Terroir

The grapes for the Ben Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2019 are sourced from carefully selected vineyards in the Barossa Valley, one of Australia's premier wine regions. These vineyards are predominantly located in the sub-regions of Ebenezer and Moppa, which are renowned for their old-vine Shiraz grapes. The vines, some of which are over a century old, thrive in the valley’s unique terroir, characterized by rich red-brown earth over deep clay subsoil. This terroir imparts distinctive flavors and complexity to the grapes, contributing to the wine’s profound character.

Winemaking 

Ben Glaetzer employs a meticulous winemaking process to ensure that the Bishop Shiraz 2019 is of the highest quality. The grapes are hand-picked and fermented in small open fermenters, allowing for maximum extraction of color and flavor. Post-fermentation, the wine is aged in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 16 months. This careful aging process adds layers of complexity and subtle oak nuances, enhancing the wine’s rich, full-bodied profile.

Tasting Notes

The Ben Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2019 is a vibrant, deep crimson wine with an alluring bouquet of dark berries, plum, and hints of spice. On the palate, it delivers a harmonious blend of blackberry, mulberry, and dark chocolate, with undertones of anise and black pepper. The tannins are well-structured and silky, providing a balanced finish that lingers pleasantly. The wine’s depth and complexity make it an excellent choice for pairing with hearty dishes such as grilled meats, rich stews, and aged cheeses.

Awards and Accolades

The 2019 vintage of Ben Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz has been widely recognized and celebrated in the wine community. Domestically, it received high praise from prestigious wine critics and publications. James Halliday, a renowned Australian wine critic, awarded the wine 95 points, highlighting its elegance and intensity. The wine also secured a Gold Medal at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, further cementing its status as a top-tier Australian Shiraz.

Internationally, the Bishop Shiraz 2019 has garnered significant accolades. It was awarded 94 points by Wine Spectator, with the publication praising its balance and complexity. Additionally, it received a Silver Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards, one of the world’s most esteemed wine competitions. These awards reflect the global recognition of the wine's quality and Ben Glaetzer's expertise in winemaking.

Ben Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2019 stands as a testament to the rich heritage and innovative spirit of the Glaetzer family. From its origins in the esteemed vineyards of the Barossa Valley to its meticulous winemaking process, every bottle embodies the passion and dedication that define Glaetzer Wines. The numerous awards and accolades it has received, both domestically and internationally, are a testament to its exceptional quality and enduring appeal. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, the Bishop Shiraz 2019 promises a remarkable wine experience that celebrates the best of Australian winemaking.


Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerBen Glaetzer
StateSouth Australia
RegionBarossa Valley
VarietyShiraz
Year2019
Volume750 mL
Alcohol14.5