The key to Amon-Ra Shiraz is balancing the extraction, rather than maximizing it.
The fruit has such expression that we aim to preserve the characteristics of the
vineyard rather than dominate them.
The rich purple color indicates both youthful exuberance and density. A
compelling nose of espresso, truffles, dark plums and blackcurrant with layers of
aromatic intensity that remains fresh and lively. The palate is multilayered, with
masses of cassis and mixed spice, and a hint of chocolate. Amon-Ra 09 displays
an appealing brightness and beguiling purity. This is an Amon-Ra that will be
remembered for its true, elegant expression of our Ebenezer terroir.
"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 rich yet not overly so, it has refreshingly crisp acid and firm grainy tannins texturing the long spicy finish. Give it at least 2 years more in bottle and consider drinking it 2013 to 2024+.
The Wine Advocate
wow. popped into one of these early, during a moment of impaired judgement - ordered a replacement bottle the next day because the potential SCREAMED through, and I want to be ready with a couple bottles when it actually reaches maturity
I've had some good experiences with Glaetzer's wines but the 2009 is, in my opinion, not up to standard. I understand the philosophy in making Amon-Ra is balancing extraction to avoid the Barossa shiraz syrup. To my tastes, 2009 Amon-Ra is too far on the other side of this equation - so acidic it's like biting into a lime. I like bright acidity when it is balanced with ample fruit extraction and complexity but this is a very simple wine. Simple berry fruit follows a deceptively explosive nose of the same. Attractive purity, which is the hallmark of Glaetzer wines but the Mid-palate drops off quickly and the complexity you hope will reward your $100/bottle entry is no where to be found. There is no finish beyond very bitter acidity that literally leaves your teath with that fresh citric acid fruit tinge. Extraordinarily disappointing wine that does not live up to this wineries pedigree. Many wineries will not produce their flag-ship bottles in years the fruit and product do not live up to their standards. Clearly, Ben Glaetzer's standards for a $100/bottle are too low for me to trust but my mistake can be your warning! I bought 6 bottles based on previous experiences! Rating: 85/100