Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2018
1 or more bottles$89.99
Joe Czerwinski98 points
"Certainly one of the best vintages of young Amon Ra I’ve ever tasted..." Said Joe Czerwinski in the 2020 Wine Advocate Review on the 1st August, 2020.
The nose is a lavish assortment of chocolate, blackcurrant and mixed dried spice. The palate is full-bodied and multi-dimensional. Black fruits with hints of charcoal and graphite sit in equilibrium with balanced savoury tannin.
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"Certainly one of the best vintages of young Amon Ra I’ve ever tasted, the 2018 Amon Ra Shiraz is a stupendous effort. From old vines in the Ebenezer section of the northern Barossa, it starts off with a whirlwind of mocha, blackberry and dried spices, then actually gets more red-fruited as it sits in the glass. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated without being jammy or overdone, the wine finishes long and savory, framed by dusty tannins and mouthwatering black olives. Winemaker Ben Glaetzer compares 2018 to 2004 (which continues to drink well). Expect the 2018 to drink well young, but easily age through 2035, perhaps longer."
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About the brand Glaetzer
The Glaetzer family is about as close to Barossa Valley winemaking nobility as you can get – in fact, both Colin Glaetzer and his son Ben are Barons of the Barossa. Generation after generation of Glaetzers have coaxed wine from the land since their arrival from Germany in 1888. Settling in Nuriootpa, records show the Glaetzer family were among the first viticulturalists in the Barossa and Clare Valleys, beginning a long tradition of winemaking that runs strongly through the family.
Colin Glaetzer began his career at Barossa Valley Estate in 1985 where he was behind the creation of E & E Black Pepper Shiraz and the Ebenezer portfolio of wines. His passion for winemaking was passed on to his three sons and in 1995 the family formed Glaetzer Wines, collecting a swag of awards on the way including 5 stars in the James Halliday 2011, 2012 and 2013 Wine Companions. Under Ben Glaetzer, the focus is on small batch super-premium wines that communicate the classic elegance and unmistakable Barossa characters.