The best since 2004 and the joint highest-rated Australian Shiraz of the 2018 vintage (WA), Glaetzer's Amon-Ra 2018 is a stupendous effort.
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A true icon from a truly magical vintage, the 2018 Amon-Ra is a classic in the making.
When interviewed about his 2018's, Ben Glaetzer boldly declared that 2018 is "an absolute cracking year—you're going to see some great wines." He certainly wasn’t wrong about that with the 2018 vintage of Amon-Ra scoring 98-points from the Wine Advocate being the joint highest-rated vintage since 2004. With a tasting note full of complexities, Joe Czerwinski affirms that this is “one of the best vintages of young Amon Ra I've ever tasted, the 2018 Amon Ra Shiraz is a stupendous effort”. Fans of full-bodied new world wines won’t be disappointed here.
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.
Ben Glaetzer or as many call him, the ‘Baron of the Barossa” produces some of the most iconic wines in the Barossa. Stepping away from the trend of power and huge tannins, Ben focuses on balance with the fruit, with the alcohol, oak and complexities all layering together harmoniously. Glaetzer’s wines are often named ‘wine of the vintage’ by the the lieks of the Wine Advocate.
Glaetzer iconic labels are easy to distinguish but it’s the Amon-Ra that grabs our attention the most which Egyptian inspired design. In Egyptian mythology, Amon-Ra is considered to be the king of all gods and the eye on the label is the 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. It’s these six senses that Glaerzter aims to please with his wines. The Amon-Ra was recently added to the 7th Edition of the Langton’s Classification as ‘Excellent’ due to its high quality and great prestige. Further information can be found here. If you love big, rounded, complex yet elegant wines, then Glaetzer is for you.