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      2005 Glaetzer Amon-Ra Unfiltered Shiraz

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      Producer: Glaetzer Wines Type: Red Varietal: Shiraz Region: Barossa Valley,

      Our Price: $575.94 per case (6)
      2005 Glaetzer Amon-Ra Unfiltered Shiraz CrackaWines James Halliday 93 Jeremy Oliver 91
      • Dense plum/purple in colour, with crushed black pepper, liquorice and anise on the nose. The use of 2nd and 3rd year old oak has allowed the fruit profile to shine. The palate is rich and ripe yet maintains a seamless integrated tannin structure and a lively dry finish.

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      • Dense plum/purple in colour, with crushed black pepper, liquorice and anise on the nose. The use of 2nd and 3rd year old oak has allowed the fruit profile to shine. The palate is rich and ripe yet maintains a seamless integrated tannin structure and a lively dry finish.

      • James Halliday says:

        Rich and voluptuous wine, with lots of soft mocha/vanilla influence on layers of soft, black fruits.

        Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
        93

        Jeremy Oliver 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 2007
        91

        Rob Geddes MW says:

        Shiraz fruit purity on an enormous scale, rich, lush and forceful.

        Australian Wine Vintages 2010
        91

        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 2026
        93

        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 - 2034
        95

        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 2013
        94

        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 2050
        95

        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 2011
        96

        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 2010
        96

        Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says:

        Shiraz fruit purity on an enormous scale, rich, lush and forceful.

        Australian Wine Vintages 2010
        93

        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 2009
        95

        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 2009
        96

        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 2008
        96

        Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says:

        Shiraz fruit purity on an enormous scale, rich, lush and forceful.

        Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
        94

        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 2008
        94

        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 (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 2006
        95

        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 2006
        94

        Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says:

        Shiraz fruit purity on an enormous scale, rich, lush and forceful.

        Australian Wine Vintages 2010
        92

        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 2005
        93
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