Amon-Ra Shiraz is an iconic wine that epitomises Ben Glaetzer’s passion to create wines that are full flavoured, multi layered and intense but still elegant, stylish and finely balanced.
In Egyptian mythology, Amon-Ra is considered to be the king of all gods. The temple of Amon-Ra was believed to be the first temple to ever plant a monoculture vineyard to produce wine for the citizens of the temple.
The eye on front of the label is the all-seeing eye of Horus – a powerful Egyptian symbol of protection. It is represented as a figure with six parts, corresponding to what Egyptians regarded as the six senses; touch, taste, hearing, sight, smell and thought. Ben created Amon-Ra Shiraz to appeal to all these six senses.
Exceptional old vine fruit was sourced from the famed Ebenezer sub district at the northern tip of the Barossa Valley. Vine age 50—130 years old. Yield 2 tonnes per hectare.
Robert Parker 96 points.
A profound example of Ebenezer fruit and skilled winemaking, the 2017 Amon Ra Shiraz is full-bodied and velvety in texture,
picking up more nuances the longer it sits in the glass. Floral and mint notes appear on the nose, along with a mix of raspberries,
blackberries and baking spices. There’s plenty of new oak, but it’s been mostly absorbed into the wine, leaving a drink that’s rich
and sumptuous. And just when you think it’s over, a bit of licorice appears on the long finish to add a pleasant finale.
Joe Czerwinski, 2019 Wine Advocate
Huon Hooke, The Real Review
Deep Colour, with a dark chocolate aroma, the palate chewy and textural with abundant tannins and stacks of pepper, spice,
graphite, cola, blackberry flavours, and great density. The concentration and density of flavour is matched by its tremendous
length and satisfying aftertaste. The tannins are abundant and mouth-coating, stopping short of grippy but certainly persuasive.
A wonderful wine, tremendously flavoursome, profound and persistent, with a core of lush sweet fruit ably balanced by masses
of tannin. A very big but balanced wine of great quality.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
An iconic wine, reminding me of the halcyon era of Parker in the US when working as a sommelier in NY. A different era! I
wondered, before tasting, if the wine had taken a turn toward freshness and poise. Sourced from low-yielding 50-130yo vines,
the result boasts more reductive tension than in times of yore, following substantial time on lees amidst 16 months in 100% new
hogsheads, largely French. The nose, all camphor, terrine, licorice all sorts, anise and soused plum, is currently enmeshed in a
caraspace of oak tannins. This said, time will unleash the fruit, allowing the whole to become far more than the sum of its
nascent parts. Patience!