If you missed out on our offer of Ben Glaetzer’s “Amon-Ra” this past March — this might be your only chance to experience a 2015 vintage from this Wine Advocate proclaimed “star winemaker.” Australians tend not to do things by half-measures. If you like big wines that can stand strong on both feet, today’s 2015 Glaetzer “Bishop” is as bold and balanced as it gets. Wine Access clients are well-acquainted with legendary winemaker Ben Glaetzer and his drippingly dark fruited, rich blends tinged with vanilla and bright spice. Read on to learn what all the fuss is about, but first, hit “Buy” and maybe re-read our story in a few days with a bottle of this gorgeous, silky, black-fruit stunner by your side.
Glaetzer’s mastery in working these vines runs in his blood. His German ancestors settled in Australia’s cool-climate Barossa Valley in the late 19th century, and went on to become some of the earliest recorded viticulturists in the area. Ben inherited the business from his father in the early 2000s and has since gone from strength to strength, racking up 14 reviews that achieved 95-99 point scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
Glaetzer, a “star winemaker” in the words of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, sources the fruit for his Bishop wines exclusively from the fields of Ebenezer in northern Barossa, considered by many experts to produce the best fruit in the region. Why? Deep, well-draining sandy loam soils. Exceptionally low-yields, as little as one ton per acre. A temperate, sunny climate, especially in the classically balanced 2015 vintage, which saw no extreme weather events. But the real magic comes from a ying-yang assemblage of vines, drawing on both 35-year-old and 120-year-old vines: the former adding freshness, vitality and robust fruit, the latter lending structure, depth and incredible complexity.