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Glaetzer - Amon-Ra Shiraz 2016


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Barossa Valley
  • Wine Maker: Colin Glaetzer & Ben Glaetzer
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 100% dry grown shiraz
  • Alcohol Percentage: 15.5
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 96+ (2014) VS: 94 (2014) WS: 91 (2013) JS: 92 (2010) WE: 96 (2010) JH: 93 (2014) WF: 95+ (2014) HH: 95 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

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

Winery Information


The first Glaetzers settled in the Barossa Valley in 1888 after emigrating from Brandenburg, Germany. The family left Germany on board the Nord-Deutscher Lloyd steamer ?Habsburg? and took seven weeks to reach their final destination of Port Adelaide. From here they settled in a country town called Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley where they started their new life in Australia. The family were some of the earliest recorded viticulturalists in the Barossa Valley and Clare Valley.Over a century.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)96+ pts

June 2016 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 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!

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)94 pts

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 flavors, 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. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Spectator (2013)91 pts

Expressive, with smoke, spice and sandalwood notes up front, featuring a generous core of plush, juicy and very ripe strawberry and cherry flavors. Vanilla, mocha and toast details linger on the finish.

James Suckling (2010)92 pts

June, 2011. Hung meat, iodine and spice on the nose. Focused in the mouth with judicious use of oak. A compact wine of real force, yet never falls to the wayside of excess, despite its obvious power. Don't know how much I could drink, but the wine is balanced. Drink now and over the next five years.

Wine Enthusiast (2010)96 pts

Despite this wine’s weight and richness, it retains a superb sense of balance and structure. Firm acids and tannins support the blueberry fruit, while savory notes of mocha and roasted meat provide added dimension. Give it a few years in the cellar and drink it from 2015–2025. — J.C. (9/1/2013)

James Halliday (2014)93 pts

Terrific wine until you swallow, whereupon you feel the burn of alcohol. It's no disaster; the wealth of blackberried, tar-like fruit sees surely to that. Indeed in all other ways the wine is immaculate.

Wine Front (2014)95+ pts

Beautiful packaging on these wines, though still sealed with a cork. I read that Hewitson are going back to cork for some of their top wines, ostensibly perhaps, because some consumers were refusing to purchase screwcap sealed wines. So there you go.

Huon Hooke (2012)95 pts

A rich, dense, full-bodied Barossa blockbuster that is balanced and elegant. There is lots of oak with liqueur cherry and spicy, meaty aromas. The palate is fleshy , concentrated and profound with ample smooth tannins.

Vinification Notes

Fermented in 1 and 2 tonne open fermenters, hand plunged 3 times daily. A small percentage of completed primary fermentation in oak. Matured on lees to maintain fruit profile and animation, minimal SO2 topped up every 3 weeks. Spent 14 months in 100% new oak ( 95% French, 5% American) Bottled unfiltered, ensuring minimal intervention with the wine's natural characteristics.