Glaetzer / 2009 Amon-Ra Shiraz.

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96+ Points - Wine Advocate #192 Dec 2010.
Glaetzer / 2009 Amon-Ra Shiraz

COUNTRY/REGION: Australia/Barossa Valley.

ABV: 14.5%

UNIT: 1 x 75cl.

NAME & LABEL: In Egyptian mythology, Amon-Ra is considered the king of all gods. The Temple of Amon-Ra was believed to be the first temple to ever plant a mono-culture vineyard to produce wine for the citizens of the temple. The eye on the label is the all-seeing eye of Horus - a powerful Egyptian symbol of protection. It is represented as a figure with six parts, corresponding to what Egyptians regard as the six senses - touch, taste, hearing, sight, smell and thought. Ben created Amon-Ra Shiraz to appeal to those senses.

THE WINE: The key to Amon-Ra Shiraz is balancing the extraction, rather than maximising it. The fruit has such expression that we aim to preserve the characteristics of the vineyard rather than dominate them.

The rich purple colour of the 09 vintage indicates both youthful exuberance and density. A compelling nose of expresso, truffles, dark plums and blackcurrant with layers of aromatic intensity that remains fresh and lively.

The palate is multi-layered, with masses of cassis and mixed spice, and a hint of chocolate. Amon-Ra 09 displays an appealing brightness and beguiling purity. This is an Amon-Ra that will be remembered for its true, elegant expression of our Ebenezer terroir.

REGION: All fruit for Glaetzer wines is taken from the small sub-region of the northern Barossa Valley, called Ebenezer. The viticulture used is standard single wire, with permanent arm rod and spur. Many of the very old vines (80-130 years old) have been trained onto a trellis for easy of pruning, harvesting and for disease and frost control.

VINIFICATION: Fermented in 1 and 2 tonne open fermenters, hand plunged 3 times daily. A small percentage completed primary fermentation in oak. Matured on lees to maintain fruit profile and animation, minimal SO2. Topped up every 3 weeks. Bottled unfiltered, ensuring minimal intervention with the wine's natural characteristics.

DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.

As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.