Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2013

Barossa Valley

Brilliant purple and opaque cherry hues in the glass. Lifted spicy blackberry florals on the nose with layers of earth, dark plum and espresso. The bright and brooding palate displays vibrant notes of dried spice, juicy cassis and black plum. Multilayered fine tannin and fresh acidity will afford this vintage the ability to age supremely well over the long term. - Winemaker's Notes

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Amon Ra has youthfully toned-down notes of blackcurrants, blackberry preserves, plums and cracked pepper with nuances of licorice, dark chocolate, cedar and black earth. The palate has wonderful balance and elegance for its commendable concentration and fullness, with tons of muscular fruit and spice layers framed by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with great persistence. - WA96

From vines between 50-130yo, yield 2t/ha; open-fermented in 1 and 2-tonne pots, post-fermentation maceration, matured for 16 months in 100% new hogsheads, 95% French. Dense, deep inky crimson-purple; this is archetypal Amon-Ra, with black fruits, licorice, oak and almost anything more you care to name; taking no prisoners - you are either in or out.- JH95

Expressive, with smoke, spice and sandalwood notes up front, featuring a generous core of plush, juicy and very ripe strawberry and cherry flavors. Vanilla, mocha and toast details linger on the finish. Drink now through 2028. - WS91

The Winery

Glaetzer Wines is a wine producer in the Barossa Valley region of South Australia. It was founded in 1995 by Colin Glaetzer, and is now run by his son Ben, and best known for its red wines based largely on Shiraz, which display ripe, supple fruit, soft tannins, and a combination of ageability and approachability.

The range of wines is headed by Amon-Ra, Glaetzer's flagship Shiraz. Robert Parker gave the 2003 vintage a score of 96-100, which helped establish it as one of the most sought-after and expensive Australian wines. The Anaperenna wine (formerly Goldolphin), a Shiraz – Cabernet blend, is made in the same way as Amon-Ra in small open-topped fermenters, aged for 16 months in new (predominantly French) oak 300-litre hogsheads and is then bottled without filtration. Also included in the Glaetzer range are Bishop, a Shiraz, and Wallace, a Shiraz – Grenache blend. Information from Wine Searchers

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