Glaetzer Wines AMON-Ra Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Glaetzer sources fruit from extraordinary, low-yielding 50 to 130-year-old grower vineyards around the Ebenezer sub-district, forming the structure and character of the intensely concentrated yet animated AMON-Ra Shiraz. After traditional vinification and extended maceration on skins, the wine is matured for 12 to 18 months in new French (95%) and American hogsheads. Inky coloured with dark fruits, spice and liquorice aromas and flavours, chocolatey tannins. Power and generosity are hallmarks of the style.
'Deep colour, with a dark chocolate aroma, the palate chewy and textural with abundant tannins and stacks of pepper, spice, graphite, cola, blackberry flavours, and great density. The concentration and density of flavour is matched by its tremendous length and satisfying aftertaste. The tannins are abundant and mouth-coating, stopping short of grippy but certainly persuasive. A wonderful wine, tremendously flavoursome, profound and persistent, with a core of lush sweet fruit ably balanced by masses of tannin. A very big but balanced wine of great quality.'
97 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, June 2019.
'A profound example of Ebenezer fruit and skilled winemaking, the 2017 Amon Ra Shiraz is full-bodied and velvety in texture, picking up more nuances the longer it sits in the glass. Floral and mint notes appear on the nose, along with a mix of raspberries, blackberries and baking spices. There's plenty of new oak, but it's been mostly absorbed into the wine, leaving a drink that's rich and sumptuous. And just when you think it's over, a bit of liquorice appears on the long finish to add a pleasant finale.'
96 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, June 2019.
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.