2015 Glaetzer Amon-Ra Unfiltered Shiraz
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.
expert reviews about
2015 Glaetzer Amon-Ra Unfiltered Shiraz
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.Drink by 2026
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.2017 - 2034
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
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.To 2050Australian Wine Companion 2013
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
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
Shiraz fruit purity on an enormous scale, rich, lush and forceful.Australian Wine Vintages 2010
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
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
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
Shiraz fruit purity on an enormous scale, rich, lush and forceful.Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
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
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
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