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