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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 25 
ProducerGlaetzer (web)
RegionSouth Australia
AppellationBarossa Valley
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UPC Code(s)9322246009021

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2020 (based on 91 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Glaetzer Shiraz Amon Ra Barossa Valley on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.4 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 360 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by steinbrl12 on 7/21/2015 & rated 93 points: excellent full deep fruit with blueberry notes. (736 views)
 Tasted by Stephen518 on 6/19/2015 & rated 93 points: The cork was brittle but no leakage had occurred. The wine is fantastic. Big fruit and wonderful legs. However, IT IS TOO YOUNG ! Leave it until 2018 or later. I have two more bottles and will wait to try them. (1392 views)
 Tasted by felixp on 6/18/2015 & rated 98 points: As good as Barossa shiraz gets, from a vintage that just gets better and better with time.
Long and complex, blueberries, anise, floral notes, tar, earth and wonderful mouth-feel. Ripe tannins are melting away, leaving this wine close to it's peak.
This is one of the few Aussie shiraz at this price point that absolutely improves with age. Highly recommended. (1434 views)
 Tasted by robmatic on 5/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Concentrated, chocolate milkshake, great fruit and intensity. Super fun wine. (1694 views)
 Tasted by kurishin on 5/3/2015 & rated 92 points: I can understand why this wine is not for everyone but it does have depth/seconary flavors that go beyond the massive palate. Not sure how much better it gets from here. (1967 views)
 Tasted by thebonnydooner on 2/27/2015 & rated 93 points: The Wine Night at Bellevue Wine Storage - Part 1 (Bellevue, WA): Drank towards the end of a long evening - this was a hit. Not as profound as the 2002 Dead Arm but a rich and ripe wine with nice balance. (2953 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/12/2015 & rated 87 points: This wine is completely over the top. Hugely rich and jammy, it reminds me of an Australian amarone. Nothing subtle about this wine. No structure; no complexity; just intense, rich, jammy dark fruits. Some will love it; I'm not one of them. (2394 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 2/12/2015 & rated 95 points: consistent with notes of 6/12/2014 (2347 views)
 Tasted by magnord on 2/6/2015 & rated 94 points: Amazing! (2228 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 1/11/2015 & rated 94 points: This is a beautiful Shiraz. Deep color, wonderful fruit, drinks so easy. Perfect timing to open this after ten years. (2654 views)
 Tasted by Praxis on 12/31/2014 & rated 95 points: Deep yet clear reddish purple color with a nose of dark fruits, menthol, vanilla cream and a meaty component. A rich spicy shiraz with notes of black plums, blue berries, blackberries, tobacco, menthol, stewed beef, mocha and a nice mineral finish. Quite different since I last had this a few years back. Apparently it has become much more mellow and seems to have shed some of its juvenile fruit-dominated characteristics since I last tried this. Nonetheless, this a tasty wine still has plenty of life in it. (2328 views)
 Tasted by WStucker on 12/17/2014 & rated 93 points: Amazing wine, didn't really get to take detailed notes as I was at a tasting and poured a little for myself to let it get some air, and when I returned to the bottle 15 minutes later it was empty! I guess everyone else enjoyed it also. From what i remember, still tasting young but in a good window, no rush to drink it. (2345 views)
 Tasted by Mr T on 12/11/2014: popped late in the meal, but I thought it pretty well balanced and none of the menthol and eucalyptus I generally don't like. This is rich ripe stuff but not overly heavy (2395 views)
 Tasted by Sundesertcactus on 7/5/2014 & rated 86 points: This wine is almost port like in its heavy sweet fruit, this could still age. Not a huge fan of the style, but it is well made. (4601 views)
 Tasted by ogres3 on 6/22/2014 & rated 93 points: Let breathe for 3 hours. Very pleasant complex relatively muted (for an Oz shiraz) fruit with excellent finish. (4160 views)
 Tasted by rockenrude on 6/15/2014: As you would expect from this region and variety. Top notch. I'm moving away from the Aussie fruit bombs, but it is drinking very well at this point. Another couple of years should allow it to mellow out a bit more, but really not much reason to wait too much longer. (4268 views)
 Tasted by Zorg on 6/14/2014 & rated 95 points: What a great wine, way to young but still fantastic! Outshone all the other wines at a tasting full of good wines. (4198 views)
 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 6/14/2014 & rated 97 points: World Cup Football BBQ wine dinner (Zorg's place, Umeň, Sweden): WOTN.
Fantastic performance tonight!
Mjuffingly fantastic! Previous TN stands, just turn up the volume a bit! Please...
If you have a higher degree of self discipline, than, please, keep it for at least 5 years. Longer is better. (4349 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 6/12/2014 & rated 95 points: Wonderful wine, full of blackberry, blueberry compote, black olive and tar. (2499 views)
 Tasted by Strikermax on 4/12/2014 & rated 95 points: Donkerrood, paars. Sexy geur van jammig donker fruit, kruidigheid, room. Een dik kanon, maar door mooie zuren prettig doordrinkbaar en niet log. Goede tanninestructuur, lang aanhoudend. (3279 views)
 Tasted by prufrocksabogado on 4/5/2014 & rated 92 points: Drink or hold. Patience likely to yield even more rewards. (3136 views)
 Tasted by 309VEB on 3/23/2014 & rated 89 points: One of the better wines form this produce i have had. Some older vintages are trending towards stewed fruit, raisin and prune flavors. This wine had none of that. Tasted a bit veiled. Fruit was muted. Nothing wrong but certainly not outstanding. Given my experience with older vintages I am not taking any chances with this vintage and I plan to drink most of my bottles this year and next. (3069 views)
 Tasted by beezer6 on 3/21/2014 & rated 93 points: Get Together at the Crib with the Farmhouse Crew (Chez Moi, Talman Avenue): I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. For many it was their WOTN.
Quite understated but still a behemoth of a Shiraz. Dark blackberry jam, liqueured fig and plum.
Dark chocolate and vanilla. Definitely a fair amount of oak showing but the robust fruit holds up.
I don't see how this is a 95+, in some cases 98 point wine. It is nice and unlike other Barossa and even Glaetzer wines I have tasted. This was one of the first nicer bottles of wine I purchased and was somehow able to hold onto it for six years! I strongly believe that cellar time assisted much in the score and more restrained qualities. (3150 views)
 Tasted by andrewdl on 3/9/2014 & rated 96 points: Silky. Velvet. Luscious. Wow. (3198 views)
 Tasted by joefel on 2/14/2014 & rated 95 points: Decanted for 90 min. Beautiful clear deep red color. Great example of an Aussie Syrah without being jammy and no heat at all. Still young - definitely has a few more years in it, but everything is balanced with a certain lusciousness to it. Long finish. I think I will wait a couple of years to open my last bottle - if I can wait that long. Paired beautifully with grilled ribeyes. (3010 views)
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, A focus on Washington State, Issue #4 (5/1/2010)
(Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley) Login and sign up and see review text.   98 points
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The Rhone Report, Bonus Reviews (1/23/2009)
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By James Halliday
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (10/3/2006)
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Bonus Reviews (9/26/2006)
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2005 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley

Winery notes: Variety: Dry-grown 100-110 year-old Shiraz vines (100%). Region: 100% Barossa Valley (Northern Ebenezer region) Fermentation: Fermented in 1 and 2 tonne open fermenters, hand plunged 3 times daily. Completed primary and MLF in oak and then matured for 15 months in oak, matured on lees to maintain fruit profile and animation, minimal SO2. Topped up every 3 weeks. Oak: 14 months in 100% new oak of which 20% is American and 80% French (70% hogsheads & 30% barriques). Yield: 0.25 - 1 ton per acre (0.1- 0.4 ton per hectare). Bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Note: Dense purple colour, the nose displays notes of blackberry, cherry, nutmeg and intense spice. The wine is voluptuous and yet seamlessly elegant. Supple tannins complement richness and viscosity. It is slightly more fruit driven than the 2004 Amon-Ra. Whereas the 2004 displayed purity and elegance at release, the 2005 will require a little more time to settle down in bottle. The tannin structure and sheer fruit weight of the wine will enable long-term cellaring from 12-18 years.

Alcohol: 14.5%, pH: 3.49, Total Acidity: 7.13g/l, Residual Sugar: 1.2g/l.

2005 Glaetzer Barossa Valley Vintage Report: 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. Ben Glaetzer, August 2006.


Varietal article (Wikipedia) | Varietal character (Appellation America)


As the King of all Gods, Amon-Ra is considered the most powerful figure in Egyptian mythology. 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. For the 2001 and 2002 vintages there were distinct McLaren Vale AND Barossa Valley bottlings, but from 2003 onward there has only been a Barossa Valley bottling.


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South Australian Wine Industry Association | South Australian Wines (Wikipedia)


Barossa Wine (South Australian Tourism Commission)

Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

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