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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2009
Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 107158)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $99.00

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
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2006 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:

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.

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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.