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September 22, 2015

Ben Glaetzer Amon Ra 2012

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It is no secret that 2013 was a hot summer in South Eastern Australia, resulting in a reduction in yields; Amon Ra 2013 is superb, with excellent freshness accompanying the ripe fruit flavours. Lisa Perrotti Brown MW, Editor in Chief of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, has awarded Amon Ra 96 points, putting it on par with the excellent 2009, which already costs £360 per case of six. Today’s release at £220 is superb value for a wine of this quality, one whose renown and global cachet is growing every year. It is one of the finest wines from Australia and offers immense value against similar wines such as Penfolds Grange:

Vintage Score Price
2013 96 £220
2012 97+ £245
2011 95+ £290
2010 97 £315
2009 96 £360

The Anaperenna 2013, a unique blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, was also awarded a high score of 94 points by Lisa Perrotti Brown MW. This wine is not only striking in label design and on the palate but also in its value.

Ben Glaetzer is one of the most exciting young winemakers in the world. He is part of a wine dynasty that like many Barossa producers heralds from a progeny of German immigrants arriving in the late 19th Century (1888). The Glaetzer family are extremely devoted to Barossa and all their fruit is sourced from a square mile of vineyards located in Ebenezer a small and highly celebrated sub-region. Their vines are ancient, producing low yields of concentrated and healthy fruit from vines that range from 80 to 130 years: Barossa is one of the last bastions of old vines largely unaffected by the scourge of Phylloxera.
Glaetzer Amon Ra
Amon Ra is made from 100% Shiraz, from vines 50 to 130 years in age harvested at one tonne per hectare. It is aged for 14 months in 100% new oak; 95% French and 5% American, adding smoke, toast, cedar, brioche, and notes of pineapple, which harmonises the fruit’s power further. The key to Amon Ra is the balance of fruit and tannin extraction. The fruit expresses the wonderful terrior which preserves its natural beauty. The wine is perennially concentrated and rich yet posses a wonderful freshness, particularly evident in 2012, which displays dark fruit, spice, black liqourice, blackcurrant and dark cherry. The palate is weighty, balanced and complex with fine ripe tannin and a long finish. Amon Ra 2010 will impress now yet improve in bottle for 20 years.

Amon Ra is the king of the Gods in Egyptian mythology. Amon Ra’s temple is believed to be the first temple to ever plant a monoculture vineyard for the auspices of the temple citizens. The label depicts the eye of Horus, a powerful symbol of protection, which represents a figure consisting of six parts that correspond to the Egyptian six senses; touch, taste, hearing, sight, smell and thought. Ben’s philosophy behind Amon Ra is a creation that appeals to each of these six senses. How hearing fits into this we have no idea!

Amon Ra- Lisa Perrotti Brown, Wine Advocate, 96 Pts

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Amon Ra has youthfully toned-down notes of blackcurrants, blackberry preserves, plums and cracked pepper with nuances of licorice, dark chocolate, cedar and black earth. The palate has wonderful balance and elegance for its commendable concentration and fullness, with tons of muscular fruit and spice layers framed by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with great persistence.

Anaperenna- Lisa Perrotti Brown, Wine Advocate, 94 Pts

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz Cabernet Anaperenna is intensely scented of cassis, crushed blackberries and black cherries with hints of cedar, cloves and anise. Full-bodied and full-throttle on the flavors, it fills the mouth with primary black fruits and baking spices, supported by grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long. 

Glaetzer Amon Ra 2013 -  96 Pts  6×75 – £220 IB or £278.76 incl duty and VAT

Glaetzer Anaperenna 2013 - 94 Pts 6×75 – £155 IB or £200.76 incl duty and VAT

Special offer: Buy a case of each for £360 IB

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