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Glaetzer Amon-Ra 2015

Member Review by Wine Fire:

We reviewed this wine a second time on 5/14/2011 with a different set of members in our group. Here are notes for this second tasting: An ocean breeze, with a faint aroma of seaweed, announces the aromatic journey of this luxurious wine. The sea breeze soon embraces herbal, fruity, floral and woody scents, including hints of thyme, oregano, licorice, cherry, blueberry, blackberry, red berries, jasmine, rose, vanilla and oak. The palate is framed by a pleasant acidity, with strong tannins leaving an initially astringent taste in the back. The center fruit bowl focuses on cherry, with emerging accents of red berries and blueberry. Vanilla and licorice surface intermittently, and herbal influences suggest hints of oregano and thyme. The evolution does not lead to great complexity, but does migrate through a medley of flavors that offer a delightful combination, on an ever-drying front-of-tongue and a consistently tart acidity that balances the sweet fruit in the center and the harsh tannic scaffolding at the edges.

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Glaetzer Wines Pty Ltd:
Winemaking patriarch Colin Glaetzer established his own label to create wines he’s passionate about - limited quantities of benchmark Barossa Valley reds. It is the pinnacle of Colin's 30-year career with achievements such as his creation of the revered Barossa Valley Estates E & E Black Pepper Shiraz. The birth of Glaetzer Wines also signalled a new era for Colin’s family which boasts more th... Read more
Winemaking patriarch Colin Glaetzer established his own label to create wines he’s passionate about - limited quantities of benchmark Barossa Valley reds. It is the pinnacle of Colin's 30-year career with achievements such as his creation of the revered Barossa Valley Estates E & E Black Pepper Shiraz. The birth of Glaetzer Wines also signalled a new era for Colin’s family which boasts more than its fair share of winemakers. The clan includes Colin, his oenology-trained wife Judith, twin brother/winemaker John, and five winemakers among the couple's three sons and their wives! The first Glaetzers settled in the Barossa Valley in 1888 after emigrating from Brandenburg, Germany. The family left Germany on board the Nord-Deutscher Lloyd steamer “Habsburg” and took seven weeks to reach their final destination of Port Adelaide. From here they settled in a country town called Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley where they started their new life in Australia. The family were some of the earliest recorded viticulturalists in the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley and the current generation is firmly entrenched in the family wine business. Read less

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Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/21/2011

We reviewed this wine a second time on 5/14/2011 with a different set of members in our group. Here are notes for this second tasting: An ocean breeze, with a faint aroma of seaweed, announces the aromatic journey of this luxurious wine. The sea breeze soon embraces herbal, fruity, floral and woody scents, including hints of thyme, oregano, licorice, cherry, blueberry, blackberry, red berries, jasmine, rose, vanilla and oak. The palate is framed by a pleasant acidity, with strong tannins leaving an initially astringent taste in the back. The center fruit bowl focuses on cherry, with emerging accents of red berries and blueberry. Vanilla and licorice surface intermittently, and herbal influences suggest hints of oregano and thyme. The evolution does not lead to great complexity, but does migrate through a medley of flavors that offer a delightful combination, on an ever-drying front-of-tongue and a consistently tart acidity that balances the sweet fruit in the center and the harsh tannic scaffolding at the edges.


Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/20/2011

This is a rich, complex wine that evolves nicely over several hours. It has the classic Barossa nose with florals, herbs and spices joining licorice and mocha, with a blueberry and pomegranate core. The palate opens with slightly bitter dark and blue fruits in the center, featuring blueberry, cassis, cranberry and pomegranate, as licorice and herbal notes burst forth in the back. Harmonies of various fruits, herbs and spices merge and change over 4 hours, adding interest and complexity. The phases include backgrounds that evolve from woodsy to home garden to barnyard to cut green vegetable atmospherics around fruit and spice in the center. This wine also goes through phases of tightening and tannic bitterness that suggest a need to leave in the cellar for a couple of years.


Snooth User: andduarte
81263672
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/23/2011

Powerful and intense in fruits. Complex and ample structure with notes of vanilla and chocolat. It grew continually in the decanter during 1 hour openning to new nuances. Very persistent in mouth (more than 35 seconds in my count). One of the 5 best wines I've ever tried!


Snooth User: willson
4206359
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/28/2008

Barossa Valley perfection, but very young. If you have the patience and the cellar, pick up this tremendous offering from Ben Glaetzer and hold on to it up to up to 30 years.


Snooth User: Carrie Larose
20296159
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/22/2009

Robust flavors, well aged and unfiltered wine. This is a complex bold peppery wine excellent with steak and mushrooms. Earthy foods.


Snooth User: steve1000
8911145
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 04/27/2009

Yes, it's as good as you have heard. Crazy dense, concentrated, with many layers of flavor that I will let the winegeeks debate in fruity metaphor, the real accomplishment of this wine is BALANCE! Think about it: Making a dark, extracted, ripe wine from old vines in Australia? (OK, that's good...) Taming all that alcohol and tannin and engineering a wine that has focus, and is velvety, and has an ease about it? (that's Genius!) Great for BIG RED Lover's and probably a great value when compared to other ultra-high rated reds from California and France.

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  • Snooth User: slaw
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    5.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 03/07/2010

    One of the finest wine I ever tasted. Great nose, great palate and excellent balance.


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    External Reviews for Glaetzer Amon-Ra

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    Vintage: 2012 06/25/2014

    Glass-staining purple. A heady, complex bouquet exudes dark fruit liqueur and floral pastille qualities, along with notes of sandalwood, smoked meat and star anise. Sweet and deeply pitched on the palate, offering vibrant cassis and boysenberry flavors that gain vivacity with air. Chewy tannins frame the sappy fruit on a lovely lingering finish.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2012 06/25/2014

    Very deep purple-black in color, the 2012 Amon Ra reveals intense notes of blackcurrant cordial, blackberry compote and licorice with nuances of cloves, allspice, chocolate box and salami as well as a whiff of espresso. The 100% Shiraz palate offers a beast of a wine that is densely packed with black fruit and baking spice flavors and is supported with firm, grainy tannins and crisp acid through to a finish with excellent persistence. Drink it 2015 to 2025+.


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    Vintage: 2009 05/15/2011

    The 2009 Amon-Ra Shiraz displays a very deep purple-black color and floral notes of violets and wilted rose petals over mulberries, blueberries, star anise, mocha, fenugreek, cumin seeds, cloves and tree bark plus some toasty oak. Full-bodied and ric... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2009 Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 750ml


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    Vintage: 2009 12/05/2010

    A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2009 Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 750ml


    External Review
    Vintage: 2008 02/07/2010

    Amon-Ra Shiraz 2008 - Ben Glaetzer : Amon-Ra Shiraz 2008 - Rotwein von Ben Glaetzer Ein Wein zum Niederknien. Amun-Ra ist in der ägyptischen Mythologie als König der Götter bekannt. In der Welt des Weines macht sich Amun-Ra als führender australischer Shiraz einen Namen. Für die Hüter seines Tempels boten Bauern der Umgebung eigens produzierten Wein an. Fachleute sehen darin die Geburtstunde des kommerziellen Weinhandels. Ob er wirklich so gut war wie der von Ben Glaetzer?Der Amon-Ra Shiraz 2008 funkelt im Glas undurchsichtig purpurrot. Würzig und fruchtig präsentiert sich das Bukett dieses opulenten, sehr raffinierten und unheimlich eleganten Rotweines. Ein Wein mit einem hohen Alterungspotential er kann durchaus 15 bis 18 Jahre gelagert werden. Um sein ganzes Potential entfalten zu können, sollte er mindestens eine Stunde vor dem Genuss belüftet werden.Auf Grund seiner Jahrgangsrarität wird der Wein nur als Einzelflasche verkauft.Weingut: Glaetzer WinesLand: AustralienRegion: Barossa ValleyRebsorte: 100% ShirazInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 7,1 g/lRestsüße: 0,8 g/lFassreife: in Barriques gereift (15 Monate)Lagerfähigkeit: mindestens 15 Jahre ab Jahrgang Rotwein > Australien > Barossa Valley


    External Review
    Vintage: 2008 04/23/2011

    2008 is the 8th release of Amon-Ra shiraz and the smallest volume since the tiny 2003 vintage - even lower than the 2007 make. To decrease the total make of Amon-Ra once again has been essential to maintain the quality of the wine. The strict fruit selections we have made in this vintage have been rigorous and uncompromising. We are always willing to sacrifice quantity for quality. The key to Amon-Ra shiraz is balancing the extraction rather than maximizing it as the fruit as such expression that we aim to preserve the characteristics of the vineyard rather than dominate them. At release, the 2008 Amon-Ra is more forward and lifted than the 2007. The difficulty this vintage was harnessing the intensity of fruit, and balancing different levels of ripeness. Harvesting key parcels of excellent fruit before the heat spike was crucial. The Amon-Ra has captured the intensity of fruit of this vintage, and retains its trademark elegance, finesse and balance. Cellaring: 15 + years.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2006 01/10/2013

    Amon-Ra has become one of Australiaandrsquo;s icon wines. Made from 100% Shiraz sourced from vineyards ranging in age from 80andndash;120 years and with microscopic yields of 0.5 tons per acre, the 2006 Amon-Ra was aged for 15 months in new French and American oak. The wine is a thick, glass-coating, purple/black in color. The aromas cover a wide range of scents including smoke, vanilla, pepper, Asian spices, coconut, espresso, blueberry, and chocolate. Thick, rich, layered, and complete, this monumental wine offers extraordinary intensity and length. It requires 10andndash;15 years to fully evolve and should easily last through 2040.


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