Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2016
"100% Shiraz from vines aged between 50 and 130 years old and yielding 2 tonnes per hectare. Fermented in 1- and 2-tonne open fermenters, hand plunged 3 times daily. Matured for 16 months in 100% new oak hogshead barrels (95% French and 5% American) and left on lees to maintain fruit profile and animation. Bottled unfiltered to ensure minimal intervention with the wine’s natural characteristics. The wine is deep purple, almost black. It's highly perfumed with dried spice, espresso, plum and blackberry on the nose. The palate has awesome balance with tremendous depth." - Ben Glaetzer
The Wine Front – Rich blackberry and Black Forest gâteau, sage and floral perfume, baking spices and vanilla. Full bodied, full of dark cherry and blackberry, but kind of light on its feet too. It’s not thick or gluggy, and the acidity is noted, but not intrusive. Tannin is firm and fine grained, and carries long into the gently earthy and saline finish. It’s the best Amon Ra for a few years, I’d say.
World Wine – Inky purple. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe blueberry, cherry-cola, incense and vanilla, with a suave floral overtone building in the glass. Stains the palate with sweet, deeply concentrated black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavours, with juicy acidity providing shape and lift. Vanilla, mocha and dark fruit liqueur notes cling on a strikingly long, expansive finish framed by supple tannins. This big boy is wearing its 15.5% alcohol gracefully and while it won't win any prizes for delicacy, fans of the type - which includes this writer when the wine is done right - will adore it. Hosh Raynolds Vinous Media
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Amon-Ra Shiraz has a youthfully mute nose, offering glimpses at the blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice core, plus suggestions of dark chocolate, cigar boxes, fertile earth and baking spices. The full-bodied palate delivers concentrated, muscular blackberry and earth flavors with plenty of freshness and a beautiful backbone of finely grained tannins, finishing with commendable persistence and layers. This is a great contender for wine of the vintage! Lisa Perrotti-Brown 96+ Points
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