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.
It is safe to say that Amon Ra is now one of Australia’s most iconic red wines, ranking alongside Henschke’s Hill of Grace and Penfolds Grange in the current edition of ‘The Wine Advocate’ (see below). Collectors appreciate the correlation between quality and price, leaving enough headroom for a little appreciation, while hedonists simply dive headfirst into its swirling kaleidoscope of extraordinary colours.
Talk of Glaetzer being a ‘rising star’ of the Barossa seems odd when you consider that the first members of the family settled here in 1888, emigres from Brandenberg in Germany. They were among the earliest recorded grape growers in the Barossa and Clare Valleys, but it was more than a century later that Colin Glaetzer began making wines under the family name.
Today, Colin’s son Ben is in charge, sourcing most of the Glaetzer fruit from selected third and fourth generation growers in Ebenezer, a small sub-region of the northern Barossa. Here, ungrafted bush vines of up to 110 years old, with yields as low as 1–2 tonnes per hectare, produce wines of particular elegance and intensity.
Ben’s relative youth belies his experience: he made his first wine at the age of 14 (although he assures us that he’s improved since then…) and has a wine CV that includes vintages in the Hunter with Tyrell’s and working as a grape buyer in Armenia.
Ben’s prodigious talent helped make him, in 2005, the youngest ever ‘Baron of the Barossa’ – a fraternity of the Barossa Valley whose life membership is granted by invitation only.
A compelling nose of expresso, truffles, dark plums and blackcurrant with layers of aromatic intensity that remains fresh and lively. The palate is multi-layered, with masses of cassis and mixed spice, and a hint of chocolate.
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