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.
Deep purple-black colored, the 2009 Amon-Ra has pronounced creme de cassis and blueberry tart aromas over notes of raw meat, fertile loam, yeast extract and cloves. More elegant in the mouth, it has a medium to firm level of very fine tannins, vibrant and fresh acid that lingers nicely through a long and fruity finish. It is approachable now and will cellar to 2025+. (LPB)
Coming from the small Ebenezer sub-region in the northern part of the Barossa Valley, the 2009 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley, 100% old vine Shiraz, is aged for 16 months in 100% new, mostly French oak (10% American oak, all larger styled hogshead barrels) for 16 months. The wine is fresh and perfumed on the nose, showing brighter styled notes of spiced blackberry and raspberry fruits, flowers, and underbrush that are rounded out by more base driven notes of earth, smoke, and pepper-laced nuances. The overall fresh profile continues on the palate where the wine is medium to full bodied, focused, and beautifully polished, delivering juicy acidity, a silky, energetic texture, and plenty of length on the finish. Taken as a whole, this is a more elegant, streamlined Amon-Ra that should benefit from 2-4 years in the cellar, and drink well for a 12-15 years.
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