2014 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra

Year: 2014
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Advocate: 96+
Vinous Media: 94
James Halliday: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Amon-Ra Shiraz has a youthfully mute nose, offering glimpses at the blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice core, plus suggestions of dark chocolate, cigar boxes, fertile earth and baking spices. The full-bodied palate delivers concentrated, muscular blackberry and earth flavors with plenty of freshness and a beautiful backbone of finely grained tannins, finishing with commendable persistence and layers. This is a great contender for wine of the vintage!" (WA)

"(aged for 14 months in new oak, 90% French and the rest American): Inky purple. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe blueberry, cherry-cola, incense and vanilla, with a suave floral overtone building in the glass. Stains the palate with sweet, deeply concentrated black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors, with juicy acidity providing shape and lift. Vanilla, mocha and dark fruit liqueur notes cling on a strikingly long, expansive finish framed by supple tannins. This big boy is wearing its 15.5% alcohol gracefully and while it won't win any prizes for delicacy, fans of the type--which includes this writer when the wine is done right--will adore it." (VM)

"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. Date Tasted: 01 Dec 2015. Alcohol 15%. (Jul 2015)" (JH)

Winery Notes:
Producer notes:
"100% dry grown Shiraz. Age of vines: 50-130 years old. Deep, ark purple in color. The nose is a lavish assortment of chocolate, blackcurrant and mixed dried spice. The palate is full bodied and multidimensional. Black fruits with hints of charcoal and graphite sit in equilibrium with balanced savory tannin. This is a beauty that can be cellared for many decades. Barrel aged 16 months in 95% French and 5% American oak (100% new oak). Alcohol 15.0%."

As the King of all Gods, Amon-Ra is considered the most powerful figure in Egyptian mythology. The temple of Amon-Ra is recorded as the birthplace of commercial winemaking, having the first ever large scale vineyard grown specifically to make wine for the citizens of the temple. Amon Ra represents Ben Glaetzer’s interpretation of the new, modern style of Barossa Valley Shiraz.

The Glaetzer philosophy focuses simply on the production of small-volume, super premium wines. Ben and his father Colin, hold a firm belief that wines are made in the vineyard; a combination of French notion terroir combined with Australian vineyard site knowledge. The wines are produced from vines grown in well-drained sandy clay loam over a solid limestone pan. This particular soil, widely recognized as the best for dry grown Shiraz, is found in the Ebenezer region in the northwestern part of the Barossa Valley. Yields are exceptionally low, with 1 to 1 1/2 tons per acre of Shiraz from some of the 60-85 year old vines being common, while the older vineyards produce as little as .25 tons per acre. Glaetzer has exceptional fruit, and thus opts for a minimalist approach.