Shiraz Barossa South Australia
From a canon of distinguished, ancient vine blocks of Shiraz in the Barossa hamlet of Ebenezer. The eye of Horus is represented as a figure of six parts, corresponding to the six senses, touch and taste, hearing and thought, sight and smell. Ben Glaetzer takes aim at balancing the extraction of all the elements into this flagship Barossa Shiraz, rather than endeavouring to maximize them. The fruit holds such powerful expression that focus must be brought to bear on preserving the characteristics of outstanding old vines Shiraz.
Amon-Ra is the king of all gods. The temple of Amon-Ra was the first in history to contain a monoculture vineyard. Rameses III lists over five hundred vineyards belonging to the temple of Amon-Ra. With minimal intervention, Ben Glaetzer makes elegant wines which are regarded as classics. From exclusively dry grown Barossa Shiraz vines, fifty to a hundred and thirty years of age, grown to prestigious Ebenezer sites. Vinified in one and two tonnes open top fermenters, hand plunged thrice daily. A portion completes ferments and malolactic under oak. The assemblage is matured sixteen months on lees in a combination of exclusively new, mostly French oak hogsheads.
Deeply saturated scarlet colour. Amon-Ra shows the hallmark richness of Glaetzer flagship Shiraz, exhibiting singular intensity and perfume, taking aromatic expression to another level. A wine of freshness and refinement, great purity of fruit and firm but fine tannin structure with ageability, a Shiraz of great structure and remarkable power.