Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz

Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2016

Barossa Valley, South Australia   |    750ml   |    14.5%
Winemaker Ben Glaetzer has an incredible knowledge of the ancient dry-grown vineyards in Barossa's renowned Ebenezer district and he believes the quality of the 2016 harvest is one the highest he's seen. Exceptional fruit from a loyal group of third- and fourth-generation Barossa grape growers is the backbone of Ben Glaetzer's personal venture. With minimal intervention, traditional winemaking techniques, Glaetzer delivers unique, harmonious wines at every point.

Long considered one of the benchmarks of Barossa Valley Shiraz, the 2016 Glaetzer Amon Ra utilises exceptional old vine grapes sourced from the famed Ebenezer sub district at the northern tip of the Barossa Valley; vines here are aged 50-130 years old. Fermented in 1-and 2-tonne open fermenters and hand-plunged 3 times daily. Matured for 16 months in 100% new oak hogshead barrels (95% French and 5% American) and bottled unfiltered.

"This is a wine of outstanding refinement. Ben readily admits that the early vintages of Amon-Ra were supposed to shock international wine commentators with their scale and impact. They certainly achieved their aim, but Ben knew that Amon-Ra really needed ratcheting back and this vintage shows the results of his gradual finessing and adding of detail. Cooler and longer with beautiful balance, this is a wine which will be sure to impress all-comers as opposed to just lovers of massive Barrosan reds. Using 95% new French and 5% new American oak hogsheads this wine has swallowed this carpentry whole and it shimmers with refinement in the glass. It justifiably gains my highest ever score for this label. 19/20"- Matthew Jukes,

"From a blind tasting of some 60-odd Barossa shiraz, it felt like 2016 was a great year for more structured, slightly more reserved shiraz styles. The highest scoring quadrant (on average) were from wines from 2016. Anyway, Amon Ra is a good premium wine yardstick for Barossa fans. Here’s a good release. Spicy, peppery stuff over black currants, choc-liquorice, clovey oak. Palate is silky with succulent tannins but has some bright acidity underlying. Quite tight in its style, elegant, svelte, long in flavour, destined for long sleeps in cellars. Blackberries, pepper, dusty tannins, sinewy feel though there’s a dense concentration of fruit-oak slurry underlying. Like this, even though reserved - beautiful. Rated: 94 Points. Tasted: Jan 18. Alcohol: 15.5%. Price: $90. Closure: Cork. Drink: 2018 - 2027- Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, February 2018.

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The Glaetzer mission is to focus, simply on the production of small-volume, super premium Barossa Valley wines.

The company holds a firm belief that the wines are made in the vineyard - a combination of the French notion terroir and Australian vineyard site knowledge.

The Barossa Valley is one of the most famous regions of South Australia. With an abundant history dating back to 1847 and a distinctive – and profound - Silesian (German) influence, it is asserting its importance, and the immeasurable value of its storehouse of century old vines and historic wineries.

All fruit for Glaetzer Wines is taken from the small sub-region of the northern Barossa Valley, called Ebenezer.

The ancient dry-grown vineyards in the renowned Ebenezer district are an important part of Australia’s winemaking heritage and a living link to traditional Barossa viticulture. Exceptional fruit from a loyal group of third and fourth generation Barossa grape growers is the backbone of Glaetzer wines. The viticulture used is standard single wine, with permanent arm, rod and spur.

The most exceptional fruit is sourced from 80-110 year old, non-grafted bush vines which are extremely low yielding. The oldest vines bear only 0.5 to 1 tonne per acre. Younger vines produce 2.5 to 3 tonnes per acre.

Most of the vineyards are non-irrigated but some of the newer vines (propagated from original plantings) have supplementary drip irrigation to combat stress in drought years.

The very old vines require minimal attention. Their deep root structure means they are self-sufficient and can adapt to climatic extremes.
South Australia
Barossa Valley
Exceptional old vine fruit was sourced from the famed Ebenezer sub district at the northern tip of the Barossa Valley. Vine age 50—130 years old. Yield 2 tonnes per hectare. Fermented in 1-and 2-tonne open fermenters, hand-plunged 3 times daily. Matured for 16 months in 100% new oak hogshead barrels (95% French and 5% American). Matured on lees and bottled unfiltered.

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