Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2009

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia

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Item No. 107158
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP96
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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+.
96+ points."
96 Points

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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
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gregory spence - Lawrenceville, GA (read all my reviews)

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
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The first Glaetzers settled in the Barossa Valley in 1888 after emigrating from Brandenburg, Germany. From here, they settled in a country town called Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley where they started their new life in Australia. The family were some of the earliest recorded viticulturalists in the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley and the current generation is firmly entrenched in...

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Learn About Barossa Valley

The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley. Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine...

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(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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