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 or wedjat ("whole one") - 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.
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.
Colour: Brooding, vibrant black with bright purple hues. Aroma: Absolute purity, black fruit aromas complemented by notes of fragrant spice. Palate: Seamless, rich and full-bodied with black plum flavours intermingling with dried spice and finely balanced supple tannin. Impressive yet restrained. Peak Drinking: A wine that will develop beautifully with long term cellaring over decades.
With a family history in the Barossa Valley dating back to 1888, Glaetzer Wines was established by Colin Glaetzer after 30 years of winemaking experience. Son Ben worked in the Hunter Valley and as a Flying Winemaker in many of the world’s wine regions before returning to Glaetzer Wines and assuming the winemaking role. The wines are made with great skill and abundant personality.
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.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
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.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S 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 carapace 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!
Silky-smooth and juicy, with vibrant, luscious dark berries, plums and chocolate/cedary oak backed by dusty tannins and a hint of graphite.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Named for the sun god, though perhaps he was having a little nap in 2017. Mocha, sage, sweet black fruit, creamy toasty oak. Full bodied, thick tannin, saline, sweet cherry, lively acidity, grainy and ripe to close. Full on, and a bit too sweet for me, but will find an appreciative audience, no doubt.
Fresh herb and earth notes add a savory edge to the dense, toothsome core of spiced plum and cassis flavors. Black tea, white pepper and sarsaparilla details linger on the finish, with thick, velvety tannins. Drink now through 2034. 1,000 cases made, 750 cases imported.