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Coonawarra graziers have access to the finest soils for viticulture. Doug Balnaves was born in the very heart of Coonawarra, quite near the sacred cricket pitch at Penola. An accomplished herdsman and shearer, Balnaves took up the challenge of planting vineyards in 1971. Working under the tutelage of legendary Coonawarra winemaker Bill Redman, Balnaves immersed himself in the culture of the vine, ultimately establishing a grande marque of Coonawarra and securing the inaugural presidency of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association. He remains a lifelong member of the Penola Pipe Band. For those who like their wines structured yet satin, powerful yet prettily perfumed, in the mouthfillingly muscular Coonawarra way, the Balnaves brand endures in the tradition of world class vintages grown to Terra Rosa soils, enriched by generations of happy and healthy Coonawarra sheep.. The old sheep shearer's shanty»

Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Only ever made in the finest vintage years, the backbone of this substantive Shiraz is exceptional old vine fruit from a qabal of famed, gnarled and dry grown Barossa vineyards at Ebenezer. Bishop is assembled from components which are up front and generous, showing animated, youthful characters, as opposed to the more restrained and structured components of the sibling Glaetzers. These old veterans are young at heart, a coterie of old, very old and ancient blocks, up to a hundred and thirty years of age, are called upon to make a contribution towards the Bishop.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$359.00
Bishop is the maiden name of the estate matriarch. The Bishops hail from Mount Gambier, whence Judith's mother was the first female mayor in Australian political history. From vines up to 120 years of age and averaging 60, grown to the Glaetzer estate's Ebenezer parcels, vinified and assembled into the final wine alongside batches of very old vine fruit from distinguished growers. Vinified in 1½ to 2 tonne open fermenters, hand plunged two to three times daily. Extended maceration achieves good tannin development which makes the wine soft and approachable. Selected batches are treated to barrel fermentation, followed by sixteen months in a high proportion of new French oak hogsheads.
Deep garnet colour. Aromas of liquorice, violets and clove, mulberries and cassis. Opulent flavours on the palate, dark fruits and freshly cut plum are beautifully balanced by firm, velvety tannins from ageing in French and American oak. Refinement, elegance and solid structure, Bishop is rich voluptuous and mouth filling, with spicey fruit characters and a long elegant finish.
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