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Glaetzer Amon Ra Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015 £59.95
GLAETZER AMON RA 2015
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.
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.
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.
This wine in the glass is deep purple, almost black which is highly perfumed with dried spice, espresso, plum and blackberry on the nose. On the palate, this wine has awesome balance and tremendous depth. A wine that will develop beautifully with long term cellaring over the decades.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate 95 Points
Winemaker Ben Glaetzer continues to fashion big, bold Barossa Valley Shiraz. The 2015 Amon Ra Shiraz is another in a long line of muscular wines that manage to offer complexity, power and a surprising degree of elegance. Charred beef, black olives and espresso notes meet blackberries and cassis on the nose and palate, delivering near-tidal waves of flavour and personality. Full-bodied, intense and velvety, it should age well for at least a decade, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it still drinking well past 2030 (assuming proper cellaring, of course).
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Issue# 238, 1 st September 2018