The highlight for us was tasting
the Glaetzer- Amon Ra Shriaz 2005

rated 98 points.
The Glaetzer family has been making wine in the Barossa Valley since 1888. The current Glaetzers Colin and Ben have done a
magnificant job keeping the Glaetzer philosophy alive and well. They focus on the production of small-volume, super premium wines.
They hold a firm belief that the wines are made in the vineyard – a combination of the French notion terroir and Australian vineyard site knowledge.

The Amon-Ra was named after the”King of all Gods” who was the most powerful figure in Eqyptian mythology. The Glaetzers have
put much thought into the name. The temple of Amon-Ra is recorded as the birthplace of commercial winemaking, having the first ever large scale vineyard grown specifically to make wine for the citizens of the temple.
The Amon-Ra is grown from 100-110 year-old Shiraz vines in the Barossa Valley (Northern Ebenezer region) The “juice” is fermented in 1 and 2 ton open fermenters and hand plunged 3 times daily. It is then placed in Oak barrels 14 months in 100% new oak of which 20% is American and 80% French and bottled unfiltered.
In the glass we found it to be purple in color and medium bodied. The nose gave us aromas of blackberry and cherry which come through on the palate with some additional spice. This wine is elegant and finished with medium tannins.

Winemaker Ben Glaetzer stated “The 2005 vintage has provided us with exceptional reds – all wines capturing the essence of the Barossa Valley and all are reflective of the year. One of the mildest growing seasons on record enabled us to leave our shiraz on the vine until early April, allowing the fruit to be harvested with intense colour and ripe tannin. The 2005s are more fruit forward than the 2004s and have slightly tighter,
‘muscular’ tannins with longer cellaring potential. It was a pleasure to be able to create wines in such perfect conditions.”