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Date Printed: 10/2/2014
Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2006
Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 93201)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

97-100 points WA "Amon-Ra has become one of Australia's icon wines. Made from 100% Shiraz sourced from vineyards ranging in age from 80-120 years and with microscopic yields of 0.5 tons per acre, the 2006 Amon-Ra was aged for 15 months in new French and American oak. The wine is a thick, glass-coating, purple/black in color. The aromas cover a wide range of scents including smoke, vanilla, pepper, Asian spices, coconut, espresso, blueberry, and chocolate. Thick, rich, layered, and complete, this monumental wine offers extraordinary intensity and length. It requires 10-15 years to fully evolve and should easily last through 2040. Hats off to Ben Glaetzer for producing an extraordinary portfolio! The renowned winemaker, Ben Glaetzer, sources all of his fruit for this label from the Ebenezer district in the northern Barossa. Many knowledgeable experts cite this sub-region as the finest in the Valley." - Wine Advocate
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About Glaetzer:

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 the family wine business.

Winemaking patriarch Colin Glaetzer established his own label to create wines he's passionate about - limited quantities of benchmark Barossa Valley reds. The birth of Glaetzer Wines signalled a new era for Colin's family which boasts more than its fair share of winemakers. The clan includes Colin, his oenology-trained wife Judith, twin brother/winemaker John, and five winemakers among the couple's three sons and their wives.

With the 2004 vintage, Ben Glaetzer took over winemaking at Glaetzer and brought his own flagship wines, Amon Ra and Godolphin, into the fold. Young Glaetzer has implemented many changes at the winery, particularly with regard to harvesting upon physiological ripeness vs. analysis, longer skin contact and the use of the highest possible quality oak barrels.