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Ben Glaetzer

Ben Glaetzer Amon Ra Barossa Valley 2018

Barossa Valley Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2018
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Origin: Barossa Valley/South Australia/Australia
  • Grapes: Shiraz

Description

The first Glaetzers settled in the Barossa Valley in 1888 after emigrating from Brandenburg, Germany. The family left Germany on board the Nord-Deutscher Lloyd steamer “Habsburg” and took seven weeks to reach their final destination of Port Adelaide. 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.

Over a century later, winemaking patriarch Colin Glaetzer established Glaetzer Wines, a boutique family owned winery producing premium Barossa Valley wines. Today Colin’s son Ben carries on the wine making traditions at Glaetzer Wines. Indeed it was the birth of Glaetzer Wines that signalled a new era for Colin’s family which boasts more than its fair share of winemakers.

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. Aromas of essence of black cherry, dark plums and fragrant spice. The palate offers seamless, rich and full-bodied with black plum flavours intermingling with dried spice and finely balanced supple tannin. Impressive yet restrained. A wine that will develop beautifully with long term cellaring over decades..

Certainly one of the best vintages of young Amon Ra I've ever tasted, the 2018 Amon Ra Shiraz is a stupendous effort. From old vines in the Ebenezer section of the northern Barossa, it starts off with a whirlwind of mocha, blackberry and dried spices, then actually gets more red-fruited as it sits in the glass. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated without being jammy or overdone, the wine finishes long and savory, framed by dusty tannins and mouthwatering black olives. Winemaker Ben Glaetzer compares 2018 to 2004 (which continues to drink well). Expect the 2018 to drink well young, but easily age through 2035, perhaps longer.

98pts,Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

 

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