South Australian Shiraz: panel tasting results
Ben Glaetzer, Bishop, Barossa Valley 2012
Decanter average score: 18.75/20pts (95+/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Brett Crittenden 19 Pierre Mansour 18.5 Anthony Rose 18.5
Ben Glaetzer has long been celebrated among the cult, young ‘rockstar’ set of the Barossa wine fraternity, but in recent years his wines have adopted a more relaxed demeanour in which fruit expression is prized above ripeness, alcohol and oak. This is particularly pertinent in toning the warm Ebenezer sub-region of northern Barossa, where Glaetzer sources Bishop from 35- and 125-year-old vines. Extended maceration keeps the wine soft and approachable, while French oak ensures the wood influence is subtle, giving full voice to the outstanding 2012 vintage.
Brett Crittenden Could be in the Rhône with lovely oak and serious fruit hints of pepper and leathery richness. Such beautiful integration of all the components make this a real superstar – long and complex.
Pierre Mansour Superb, Shiraz peppery aroma, intense yet focused. Multi-layered, overt, dense black fruit typical of top Barossa Shiraz. Generous fruit and depth of flavour; tannins grainy and ripe. This wine has real appeal.
Anthony Rose Very nice sweet aromatics, lovely juicy, sweet blackcurrant fruit richness. Beautiful balance of seamless, dark mulberry and loganberry fruit quality with a hint of pepper. Fruity and stylish.
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