Glaetzer Amon-Ra Unfiltered Shiraz
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- Of all the Glaetzer wines, the Amon-Ra stands proudly at the top extolling the virtues of regional Barossa Shiraz at its pinnacle. The Amon-Ra label depicts what the Egyptians called Horus, the all-seeing eye, a symbol of protection. The label represents the six senses all of which this wine should appeal to. This is richness personified, showing plums, blackcurrant and other intense aromatics. The palate is all about cassis and spice flavours with a touch of black chocolate. It’s powerful yet elegant and just needs a steak to show it at its best. 100
Amon-Ra Shiraz is an iconic wine that epitomises Ben Glaetzer’s passion to create wines that are full flavoured, multi layered and intense but still elegant, stylish and finely balanced.
In Egyptian mythology, Amon-Ra is considered to be the king of all gods. The temple of Amon-Ra was believed to be the first temple to ever plant a monoculture vineyard to produce wine for the citizens of the temple.
The eye on front of the label is the all-seeing eye of Horus or wedjat ("whole one") - a powerful Egyptian symbol of protection. It is represented as a figure with six parts, corresponding to what Egyptians regarded as the six senses; touch, taste, hearing, sight, smell and thought.
Ben created Amon-Ra Shiraz to appeal to all these six senses.
Variety: 100% Shiraz.
Vineyards: Exceptional old vine fruit was sourced from the famed Ebenezer sub district at the northern tip of the Barossa Valley. Vine age 50—130 years old. Yield 2 tonnes per hectare.
Vintage Conditions: Above average winter rain followed by warm spring temperatures resulted in healthy vines showing significant early bud growth. Mild temperatures during December and January coupled with good end of January rain set up the vines nicely for the ripening period. Harvest started early on 14 February and was completed on 15 April consistent with the normal finishing time. The resultant 2015 vintage wines have deep, vibrant colours with savoury tannins and rich, seductive flavours.
Vinification: Fermented in 1 and 2 tonne open fermenters, hand plunged 3 times daily. Matured for 16 months in 100% new oak hogshead barrels (95% French and 5% American) and matured on lees to maintain fruit profile and animation. Bottled unfiltered to ensure minimal intervention with the wine’s natural characteristics.
Colour: Deep purple, almost black.
Aroma: Highly perfumed with dried spice, espresso, plum and blackberry on the nose.
Palate: Awesome balance with tremendous depth on the palate.
Peak Drinking: A wine that will develop beautifully with long term cellaring over decades.
Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says:“
Terrific wine until you swallow, whereupon you feel the burn of alcohol. It's no disaster; the wealth of blackberried, tar-like fruit sees surely to that. Indeed in all other ways the wine is immaculate.
Best Drinking: Drink by 202693
Gary Walsh (2014 Vintage) says:“
Rich blackberry and Black Forest gâteau, sage and floral perfume, baking spices and vanilla. Full bodied, full of dark cherry and blackberry, but kind of light on its feet too. It’s not thick or gluggy, and the acidity is noted, but not intrusive. Tannin is firm and fine grained, and carries long into the gently earthy and saline finish. It’s the best Amon Ra for a few years, I’d say.
Best Drinking: 2017 - 203495
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says:“
Deep crimson-purple, exceptional for the vintage; a courageous decision to leave the grapes on the vine and profit from the much-improved weather in April has resulted in a voluptuously plush wine; the only chink in its armour is the finish, which does point to the alcohol.Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 201394
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:“
This wine is impenetrable in colour; the bouquet is a melange of black fruits, oak, spice, tar and licorice; the palate reveals even more dark fruits, more depth, in fact, more of everything, and that is the essence of the wine; this will go the distance, and if you like impressive wines, then search no further.
Best Drinking: To 205095
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:“
Has the usual dense purple-crimson colour; there is an elusive Arabian/exotic spice nuance to the bouquet, the palate proclaiming the exceptional quality of the fruit and the mastery of Ben Glaetzer, able to invest this shiraz with so much dark berry flavour yet retain elegance. A beautiful wine.Australian Wine Companion 2012 201196
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:“
Dense purple-crimson; the bouquet is redolent of black fruits and licorice, the full-bodied palate a masterpiece of winemaking, rich and thickly textured on the mid-palate, then slimming down on the finish, with savoury notes inviting the next glass.Australian Wine Companion 2011 201096
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says:“
Shiraz fruit purity on an enormous scale, rich, lush and forceful.Australian Wine Vintages 201093
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says:“
Yes, it's exaggerated and slightly over-ripe, but it's also a terrific, if probably rather short-term drink. Alluringly bright aromas of violets, cassis and dark plums with a sweet vanilla background of cedar/chocolate oak reveal nuances of smoke bacon and mocha. It's soft, smooth and unctuous, dripping with deeply and lavishly concentrated shiraz flavour, finishing with just a hint of prunes and currants. Tightly knit with smoky, creamy, mocha-like oak and velvet tannins, it's almost too drinkable right now to justify any cellaring at all.Australian Wine Annual 2010 200995
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:“
Vibrant colour; saturated black fruits, fruitcake, licorice and an element of tar; terrific purity and drive, and despite the power, the palate is lithe and supple; complex, compelling and certainly representative of the very essence of the region.Australian Wine Companion 2010 200996
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says:“
Shiraz fruit purity on an enormous scale, rich, lush and forceful.Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:“
Impenetrable colour; a full-bodied palate, stacked to the gills with layer-upon-Iayer of blackberry, prune, licorice and plum fruit, yet the tannin and oak are not overdone, nor is the alcohol. Oh for a screwcap.Australian Wine Companion 2009 200896
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says:“
Shiraz fruit purity on an enormous scale, rich, lush and forceful.Australian Wine Vintages 2010 200994
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says:“
This king of the Glaetzer wine castle is an assertive, brash, concentrated Barossa shiraz; a real powerhouse of ripe juicy plum and blackberry fruit, backed by toasty oak sweetness and long sinewy rich tannins. There's plenty to work through, all presented with undeniable hedonistic appeal.Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 200894
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says:“
Meaty, over-ripened and cooked, this fast-maturing and short-lived shiraz reveals an oaky, smoky, pruney aroma. Its palate begins with juicy flavours of plums and cassis, but quickly becomes more currant and prune like, lacking length of sweet fruit and presenting a greenish, sappy and metallic finish.Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:“
Rich and voluptuous wine, with lots of soft mocha/vanilla influence on layers of soft, black fruits.Australian Wine Companion 2008 200793
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says:“
Typically ripe and sumptuous, this slightly meaty and raisined shiraz opens with a confiture-like aroma of sweet red and black berries backed by smoky cedar/vanilla oak. Plush and luxuriant, it reveals deep flavours of plums and berries but is unable to conceal some overcooked and dehydrated influences of currant-like fruit suggestive of extended hang time. Framed by firm, fine tannins and artfully supported by new oak, it lacks the genuine length of intense fruit of the top vintages.Australian Wine Annual 2008 200791
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says:“
Shiraz fruit purity on an enormous scale, rich, lush and forceful.Australian Wine Vintages 201091
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:“
Glorious purple-red; proclaims its old vine origins from the word go, and carries its alcohol. A rich, sumptuous cascade of blackberry, plum, chocolate and quality oak.Australian Wine Companion 2007 200695
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says:“
A supremely ripe and confiture-like modern Barossa shiraz whose ethereal, musky and briary aromas of blackcurrant, dark Swiss chocolate, dark olives, stewed plums, nutmeg and cinnamon are backed by smoky nuances of mocha/vanilla oak. Deeply ripened and slightly meaty, its substantial and luxuriant palate of sumptuous fruit is framed by firm but silky-smooth tannins, finishing long, savoury and slightly mineral.Australian Wine Annual 2007 200694
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says:“
Shiraz fruit purity on an enormous scale, rich, lush and forceful.Australian Wine Vintages 201092
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:“
Dense, deep colour; rich, concentrated and powerful black fruits; ripe but powerful tannins; some heat from 15.5° alcohol.Australian Wine Companion 2006 200593