2015 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra

Year: 2015
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 93
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"Rich, velvety blackberry and plum flavors show toasted walnut and sandalwood accents in this rich and generous red, which is spicy and detailed on the long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2030. 3,000 cases made." (WS)

"Inky purple. Explosive black and blue fruit, vanilla, Indian spices and floral scents show superb clarity and pick up a smoky nuance with aeration. Coats the palate with sweet blueberry, cherry-vanilla, cola and fruitcake flavors that show an uncanny blend of richness and vivacity. Finishes with outstanding energy and thrust and serious persistence; supple tannins lend shape. A large-scaled, emphatically fruity wine and, at 15.5 percent (declared) alcohol, no poster child for elegance, but I find it almost shockingly graceful for its sheer depth and mass." (VM)

"This is a heroic, sweetly-fruited cut of Barossa shiraz that has a big wave of ripe boysenberry and blackberry fruit flavor. Sweetly spicy, vanilla-dusted oak influence and an approachable, juicy resolve. Drink now." (JS)

"From Barossa's newest generation of superstar winemakers, Ben Glaetzer's Amon-Ra?his top wine?is the label that's gained him the most glory, and for good reason. It's hugely cellar worthy, with a pretty nose of dark cherry fruit, cola, licorice, cocoa powder and a little meatiness in the background. The medium-bodied palate is juicy and restrained, with muscular but silky tannins and a long juicy, savory finish; The perfect example of the elegant style the latest generation of Barossa producers excel at. While approachable now, it would drink best between 2022?2032." (WE)

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.

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