Deep but bright purple-red; a luscious array of succulent, perfectly ripened, black fruits; excellent balance and length; nuanced tannins and oak. From 80-year-old vines in the Ebenezer region.
The finest of this trio is the flagship cuvee, the 2004 Shiraz produced from 80- to 150-year-old dry farmed vineyards in the northern Ebenezer sector of the Barossa. Aged 16 months in French oak and American hogsheads, this larger-than-life, fascinating wine (cropped at .25 to 1 ton of fruit per acre) offers big, sweet, blackberry and cassis characteristics intermixed with notions of smoke, licorice, and pain grille. A wine of amazing extract, richness, and full-bodied power, with great purity as well as balance, this stunning offering should age effortlessly for 15 or more years. Filled with personality, it is a tour de force in Barossa Shiraz.
Inky ruby. Spicy blackberry, cherry and dark chocolate on the nose, with complicating notes of espresso and dried violet. Cool and restrained, with a suave, silky tone to the dark fruit flavors and gentle acids bringing freshness and energy. Nothing overdone here. There's impressive clarity and length to the blackberry and blackcurrant flavors. Really gorgeous.
Made from mainly Ebenezer fruit from 80 to 115 year-old vines. Aged in a mixture of new French barrique and American hogsheads. Very deep crimson. Very complete nose that seems to express Barossa Shiraz in a particularly fine form. Very sophisticated wine – great breadth and extremely fine tannins and lovely structure. Tense fruit that is fully ripe but very dry – though not at all drying - on the finish. Miraculously ‘cool’ on the finish. Quite beautifully made. (The previous vintage was the 2002 as 2003 was reckoned not up to scratch – so the Bishop 2003 is particularly good.)
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