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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Still young. Opaque in color. Mouth filling, slightly hot, you have to like the grape it or because there is nothing backed off or subtle here - I guess this is what qualifies as brooding or serious. I finished it confused as I rated it high but not sure I will buy it again
The power builds as the wine opens. It was really fun to drink. More subdued in the first 10 minutes...and then changing character over the next two hours...all the while drinking beautifully. The wine looks Garnet colored. It smells like Fig, and Clove. It tastes like Black currant (cassis), Blackberry, and Blueberry. The body is Full. The wine has Satin-like texture. The wine finishes Long.
Welcome Back Kelvin! (Kelvin and Joyce's Place, Bishan): This was truly excellent. Still a bit young for my tastes, but it was such an impressive wine - one of the best of the night in fact, even though it was the only new world in the midst of a nice French and Italian line-up. It had a big nose that left not one in any doubt that this was a Barossa Shiraz, with deep draws of ripe plums, cassis and blackberries seasoned with earth, eucalyptus and mint. Still rather primary, and the same thing could be said about the palate as well. The wine was very substantial, very rich in the mouth, with big black-fruited notes of cassis and blackberries at the forefront - tons of flesh and depth and power throughout. Yet what really set this apart from your run-of-the-mill big, modern Barossa was the remarkable sense of balance and purity that that had the wine practically glowing with energy in spite of its weight - not a hint of confected sweetness or cloying viscosity here. In fact, this is one of those rare modern Shirazes where one sip actually invited another and then another. There were signs of nascent complexity starting to show up on the midpalate as well, with the dark fruit being met with earth and eucalyptus, and then into the long, muscular finish, were sour plums and menthol, spice and a light puff of cigarette smoke drifted off on a bed of slightly chewy, but very ripe, pleasing tannins. Very impressive indeed. This will take a few years yet to lose it puppy fat, take on more complexity and fully form, but it is getting there - I would love to try it again say at the turn of the decade. 93+
This was a bottle that renewed our faith in Aussie Shiraz! Not over the top over-extracted disjointed fruit bomb. This wine has a plenty of dark fruit with hints of citrus and sweet tannins. Will need few more years to further integrate and shed its baby fat. Enjoyable now but not in a rush to drink.
With JT and Dana at dinner in WC. Popped and poured was great right out of the bottle, got slightly better but was pretty open right away.
Dark purple color. Nose was open right out of the chute, rich, earth, plums. Classic Shiraz- brooding, deep black fruit, spice, oak, licorice on the finish. Black currants, ripe fruits as it finishes. Was a crowd pleaser...
Tannins smooth, fine grained, resolved. Rich, dense mouth-feel. Medium finish, past bottles have had a longer finish...all in, Amon Ra never dissapoints, IMO. This is a really nice wine that drinks well now and will continue to improve. Have a good stash, will be drinking over next decade
The color is garnet and black and quite densely hued and opaque. The smells are tar, pepper, black licorice, mint, and blackberry. The tastes are minty blueberry, dark cherry, blackberry, tar, earth, pepper, and black licorice. The tannins are integrated and powdery and the acidity is very zingy. The finish is lengthy. This is a tasty and fruity wine.
Laugh all you will -- this was an amazing wine. Have not had one in a few years; well past my loving Aussie phase, but this reminds you why you once did. Sure, everyone jumped in to see who could make it bigger than the other, and actually the much less well known Aussie producers who do actual terroir based wines are world class, older Amon-Ra's remind you that for sheer drinking pleasure, these could match up with anyone. Yes, the fruit was good, but elements of earth showed themselves everywhere in this wine, giving it minerality I did not expect but certainly appreciated. Young as hell also, this has years and years ahead of it.
My first experience with this wine, after having purchased several bottles of the ' 04 and ' 05 vintage. Hmm, I have to confess that I was not overwhelmed. There was so much oak, struggling with the primary dark fruit, there wasn't much harmony. I didn't decant the wine but just pnp. Not sure if that is the right way. I hope the '04 turns out better.
Decanted and consumed over 3 hours. Heavy tar on the nose with faint flowers and some white pepper. Mouthfeel still hasn't come together yet; strong fruit dominates young tannins (bitter and fine-grained as noted by StefanAkiko) with plenty of alcohol showing through. Nice but not doing it for me in the same way as it did a year ago.
The sommelier wisely advised that we shouldn't decant. He was correct and he also mentioned that post decanting this wine sort of dies off fast. Open singing nose, black fruit, light oak, floral, spice and a touch of liquorice on the finish. Very elegant nose. On the palate the wine feels right , firm with good exctraction and density , silky tannin, solid fruit core but not overdone. Good acidity. The 15% alc is not that evident and although there is Heat on the finish this is a very well made wine with a super long finish. This is no shying lady but a full one wine however Even Bordeaux purists like us who usually hate "made" wines really like this one. Drink now. 93-94
finally opened this shiraz dark brooding deep dark fruit mint eucalyptus had it with filet on french baget black truffle butter pecorino romano with baby arugala perfect match The wine looks Purple colored. The legs are Slow. It smells like Raisin, and Plum. The body is Full. The wine has Smooth texture. The wine finishes Medium.
Beautiful Barossa shiraz, elegance, balance and depth all wrapped around ripe and fine grained tannins. Not pretending to be anythi g other than what it is and while Barossa shiraz is not generally my thing nowadays, I am happy to have this in the cellar. Really does need more time but this has some lovely high quality fruit and oak here. Has it in spades in fact. Will age very well I suspect.
Non-blind. Decanted 2 hrs for home dinner (wife cooking.) Impression: Outstanding with stars! M-sized nose of typical Aussie broad shouldered Shiraz. In the mouth, it has M+ acids and a composure that is not "in-ya-face-jammy" but more towards something powerfully elegant. Not exactly prima ballerina, rather like a slightly fat guy doing the ballerina thing. Good thinking, just lacking a little in performance. This strikes me as a Frankenstein's monster: extracted Aussie style Shiraz posing as a wannabe restrained French. Wine is full bodied, long and interesting. Higher in acids than most extracted Aussies and well built for the longer haul. Tannins are found in the end palate and are a mix of bitter and fine grained, L-. Aromas include a large proportion of red fruits, and then (for the style) small amounts of anise seed, licorice, mint and baking spice. The roasted oak component is enticing and adds to the greatness of it all. Negative remarks notwithstanding, I'm a big fan of Glaetzer's finer achievements, not of his minors. Married the stir fried beef. One more btl to go of this one, keeping it for as many years as I feel brave enough to. (Wife: 94)
A dark garnet color; still purple on the rim. I get awesome and complex aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, anise seed, hints of basil, graphite, spice and toasty vanillin. Refined, rich and elegant in the mouth. Soft and velvety; a medium viscosity. A smooth and velvety finish that is extended, with a subdued warmth that lasts a while in the gullet. Pairs fairly good with lamb, but I appreciate the wine more by itself. Well stored at 56 degrees. Sumptuous stuff for me.
A lineup of top Aussie Shiraz (Charlie's Home): I have always liked this wine and was surprised I didn't score it higher. Lots of black raspberries, and modeling clay on the nose. Its got a juicy acidity that was different from the others. Jammy black raspberries on the palate. Long finish. Really nice wine but a laggard tonight.
I opened this bottle by accident thinking that it was the '03 vintage, but it turned out to a rather pleasant surprise. This wine tastes super smooth at this point in time with a very nice spicy, menthol-inflected, earthy profile especially towards the finish. The fruit component tastes much more integrated with the oak since I last had this about two years ago but still retains enough youthfulness in it to last well into the decade.
2012 - ES #1 (Extra Space Boon Keng): Alcohol :: 14.5% Double decant for 3hrs. Dark ruby purplish. sweet plum, blackcurrant, leather, pepper, nail polish and spices. Oh man, this is so fine for a Barossa Shiraz, exceptional acidity for the lift and freshness. This has the usual huge concentration of fruits but everything is well in place and focus. The depth and complexity is not top class, but this is a wine that you can swallow. Dark chocolate an spicy infused aftertaste at the long finish.
Amon-Ra Vertical (Kevin's House): Not a good showing for this wine and about as interesting as a $15 Aussie Shiraz. Blackberries, spice and violets. Very light on the palate and lacks concentration. Medium finish and picks up some blueberries. As others have noted quite acidic for an Aussie Shiraz. For $15 I am a buyer but not at $50 plus.
Amon Ra Vertical (2002-2006) (Kevin's House): 2 1/2 hour dbl. decant. Nose: Tobacco and stone mineral with some pepper hints. After glass air a chocolate component shows up. Palate: Sweet and spicy dark fruits after extended glass air as the high acidity on pop and pour trial waned (fortunately). Good to see this wine come out and play after extended air time but this is still an atypical Amon Ra given the high acidity in relation to the fruit levels. Still enjoyable but if you're going to open one now beat the hell out of it (lots of decanting, and perhaps a crow bar :-).
Amon Ra Vertical 2002-2006 (Rocknroller's (Kevin's)): Very dark purple-red color. 2.5 hr double decant. Drank 1+ glass over 2.5hrs. The nose has eucalyptus - less than most of the group though, blackberry, sweet creme de cassis, leather, tobacco, pepper. The palate strikes me a little leaner overall but still has loads black fruit and body. The acid dominates a bit too much. The finish is also quite peppery. Reminds me of the '02, but not quite as well balanced.
Smoked BBQ nose with blackberries, olives and meats. The palate is big but smoothe with some mild BBQ sauce, raspberry, beef and some herbs. A little clipped in the finish but if it opens the finish with air...wow!
There's a note on the nose that suggests "lightly corked" but it so subtle that I can't say that for sure. So, I won't score this one. And, I can't say it's "corked" because like this bottle, my last tasting seemed out of sorts as well. But this bottle seems a bit light on fruit, heavy on acid...out of sorts. Gets better with time, but my impression is that this is too early. Or at least that's my "hope". Probably 90-92 points, this bottle, for current drinking. But again....I'm not entirely convinced that this bottle wasn't lightly flawed. Update: based on the '04 Amon Ra opened tonight, which was/is dreamlike, I think that the '05 was flawed / slightly corked. Perhaps a testament to the fruit depth in this wine, that it was able to overshadow the flaw. Or maybe my palate just sucks.
I've had this on several occasions and it never fails to deliver. Great purity and concentration of fruit but not jammy and kept in check by wonderful balancing acidity. It needed time in the decanter to show it's stuff but impressed the guests at our birthday bash. I think I paid $60 for this 5 years ago which for a wine of this class is an absolute steal.
Wine was drinking nicely, better structure than I remember. This did not explode out of the glass like so many wines that ruined Australia reputation for so many. It was refined and somewhat reserved with wonderful rasberry and dark cherry..
After the Saxum last night, it was interesting to sample a Shiraz from down under as a compare and contrast. While there was definitely a blueberry profile, the fruit was not as pronounced or as rich as the Saxum. Nonetheless, this was a very fine wine, with a classic Aussie Shiraz profile, and it is a mere babe in the woods. This wine has years left in it. Softer than the Saxum, but wonderfully good in its own right.
Had this for Thanksgiving, decanted for 30 minutes, and LOVED the fruit bomb. Not overly alcoholic, ripe blackberry and blueberry, with long finish. Drank rest of bottle 2 days later and tasted strong vanilla flavor on palate with surprisingly medium finish (had expected it might fade). Me thinks it drinks well now but could use some more time too.
Hard wine to rate this one. Certainly lacks complexity but does not appear over-extracted. I'm not sure whether it hasn't had enough time to come together (and develop complexity) or that it just never will become anything more.....I guess I'll just have to wait
I have 2 more and I think I'll open the next one in 2014.
Decanted 4+ hours. Exremely dark and opaque purple. This is a huge wine, with an enormous chunk of dark blackberries and spices right there on the attack, and carried through on the midpalate. The mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy. Lacks the finesse and complexity of other high-end new world syrah/shraz I've enjoyed through the years like Cayuse and the nicer Torbrecks. Not a bad wine by any means but a bit disappointing considering the hype.
decanted 4 hours. This is one BIG full body wine. Violet color. Unbelievable fruit bomb with black pepper scents. Will last for many years if I can wait that long before opening the next one. Best Aussie Shiraz that I have had to date.
- Violet color and aromas of blackberry, black currant and violet. It's in total harmony and has flavours of black currant, blackberry and black pepper with a full body. Polished texture with a long finish - Great as always.polished ff quickly. Decanted for 2 hrs still needed air. Best result was Vinturi 1/2, and 1/2 neat.
It was Impeccable. This for me is troughly a great wine in the style it represents. Would I drink only this. No, of course not. When I look at my cellar, does it have the finesse of the Lynches Bages I last drunk or the complexity of the Pierre Damoy Chambertin Clos de Bèze I tatsed recently. No, it does not but do I feel this deserves a place in my cellar next to this bottles? a BIG Yes.
Part of 2004 to 2008 vertical we did with friends. Found this more open than the 2004. Very vibrant with lots of red fruit up front. Drinking very well right now but needed decanting. Lots of structure and elegance here. Second favourite in the tasting next to the 2006.
Decanted it 3 hours prior to tasting. The nose was classic big australian shiraz big, bold and fruity. The taste the same - yet refined (for an aussie shiraz from barosso..). Taste of blackberries, pepper and licorice. Thoroughly enjoyed drinking this one. Will enjoy drinking the remaining I have at present.
Respi-aerate to decanter. Color deep inky red with lots of black and some purple hues, full body coats the glass. Expansive bouquet (but not OTT) has layers of dark fruit, meaty notes with touches of blood, bits of eucalyptus, tar and some leathery nuances that surprised me and may reflect a little age. This was not from my cellar, stored at cool basement temp the last couple years. On the palate, loads of powerful blackberries, brighter cherries, baking spice, tar, and some earthiness. There is a welcome freshness to the acid that is noticeable through a long layered finish of red and black fruits and spice. Substantial tannins but they are quite well integrated, or at least less noticeable under the wealth of fruit. Overall this was great Aussie Shiraz at it's best, with lots of power and yet not overbaked or showing alcohol at any point of 3 hrs of sipping. My only minor complaint was that there was not much in the way of nuance, and in pairing with roasted rack of lamb this suffered in comparison to a 2000 Pegau CDP. Will drink the next in 5-7 years, as this seems to have the stuffing to ride.
Great Aussie Shiraz that is drinking really well right now - fruit bomb. Consumed after a SQN Raven and this one held it's own. Really well structured with good layers of ripe dark fruit. My entire group enjoyed this one alot. The '05 is a great vintage of Glaetzer's Amon Ra and should have alot of life left to it.
Decanted and consumed over 3.5 hours. Still retains its deep purple coloring but is much tamer than in its earlier years. Still very floral with lots of lavender, pepper and oak on the nose. Has a silky-dusty mouthfeel with gobs of sweet, lush, dark fruit. Agree with some of the earlier notes that its finish is a little flat, with alcohol and wood notes that probably linger longer than the fruit itself, but I still find that I enjoy this quite a bit. I'd place this wine (at this time) similar in profile to an aged Shafer Relentless....lots of fruit flavor despite coming across as a mature wine, but not nearly as "in your face" as (too) many Aussie shiraz'.
Not sure what this tasted like on release, so I can not criticize the critics, but still there is really no excuse. This is a big wine with lots of dark fruits, plum, blackberry and prune. Though no bang in the mid palate or finish. This was a good shiraz, let me re-phrase that, this was a good shiraz if it was $20, but not worth more.JHMO. Being a shiraz fan I have had my share over the years and this did not impress for what the hype/score suggested. On this night the $22 dollar '06 Kurtz Boundary row shiraz beats the $69 dollar Amon Ra fairly handedly.
Dark purple with a black core. Powerful and balanced, can't think of anything wrong with it; wouldn't call it over the top either. Just not thrilling me at the moment. Maybe lacks refreshment, as the acids are strong but don't feel lively, and the tannin is somewhat sharp-edged.
Plummy black fruits, charcoal, menthol, chocolate and a nice earthy funk. Dense, rich and smooth. A pronounced dill note and strong acids on the finish. Nicely integrated but I think better a few years ago. Those with a higher tolerance for dill may appreciate this wine more than I.
Decanted 1 hour. Re-bottled and left to breathe for 3 more hours. Great nose of blueberries. Rich and full bodied in the mouth with lots of blueberry and blackberry. Smooth and elegent with great fruit intensity which carries through the 40 second finish. A little pepper and spice shows on the very end. This wine showed excellent balance and diidn't show heat at any stage. Maybe the aeration helped with this. Fabulous wine which is drinking really wel right now and is worth the money despite the hefty price tag. The best Aussie shiraz i have had to date.
Decanted more than one hour.Blackberries and blueberries on the nose.After the first sip I wasn´t overly impressed; pretty ordinary aussi shiraz.But with some more airtime it showed to be very smooth and delicious with vibrant dark berries and supple tannins without being a fruitbomb.Elegant and delicious are the words here. Now I understand why this is so popular.
Great wine. but did not show as well as the first bottle earlier this year. this was more of a fruit bomb. big blast of dark berry on the nose. blueberry for days on the palate. but not as structured nor as lengthy on finish as experienced before.
Big Oz shiraz. Delivered exactly what you would expect. Rich and silky textured with lots of black fruit. Just the right side of richness avoiding syrupy notes. Very good example of the style. I have no idea what this might turn into with time.
Opened and decanted for 45 minutes. Wow! Dark, dark purple to the rim with cherry, raspberry & spice on the nose. Rich, smooth mouth-filling Shiraz with cherry, raspberry, plum and oak w vanilla & spice notes that only evolved w time in the decanter. At the 4 hour mark this wine was amazing, still rich fruit but showing complexity and a long, long finish. Easily another 10+ years on this wine but ready to start drinking in earnest now. This was the 5th bottle from a case opened and by far the best.
Big, chunky and needed decanting over the hours. Full bodied and tons of fruit. Over 2 hrs developed nicely, smoother and dominated by a creamy milky vanilla scent. Very long finish. Great wine for its price
Decanted one hour. Smooth, fruity, velvety shiraz. My first bottle of this, and I thought that this seemed a bit closed- the secondary fruit flavors always seemed just out of reach. Definitely a deep wine with more complexity than the typical Aussie.
Strong dark berry/cherry, coffee, chocolate flavors on palate. Nose was oaky and hot, which was a distraction. This is clearly better than when I had it on release, but it will take more time to come around for my taste - hold.
2005 Syrah Horizontal representing 4 continents (Casa Tomek): Consistent with prior notes, except that there was a strong menthol note in addition this time around. Incredibly concentrated wine, which I can see as a detractor for some (not for me - I totally enjoyed the balanced extraction). An absolutely stunning wine. My # 4 WOTN, the group's #3.
Opened this to confirm my membership in the "anti flavor wine elite". What I did realize is a few years have treated this well and was quite surprised with the acidity and overall size. The fruit is somewhat sweet, but definitely not over the top, initially there is a hint of oak that seems to add some structure, but that does fade with time and your left with some nice restrained red fruit and not much else. In the end a little too one dimensional for my taste, but can see how others that enjoy the style like this.
TIght upon opening. Stored in the fridge in a "Wine for Later" 1/2 bottle. (That's a flask with a frosted glass stopper, sized so 375 ml has no air in the bottle.) 48 hrs later this was smokin'. Lots of black fruit balanced by acid & tannins. Went well with grilled lamb burgers spiced with basil & garlic.Much more food friendly than Carnival of Love, say. Double decant cold for at least a day based on this data point.
Straight from the bottle showed a delightful nose of chocolate coated plum, raspberry, creamy caramel oak, camphor, charcoal grilled meat and face powder. Full bodied with creamy black fruits with a counterweight of brighter red fruits, white pepper and an acid lift. A peppery finish that has bright fruit and again good acid. The tannins are resolved. Hedonistic and lush but with good energy. Drink soon and enjoy it for what it is - it showed signs of oxidation the next day.
What an amazing thing it is to track the evolution of a great wine. Here, the insane, kaleidoscopic fruit and spice of youth has mellowed out significantly. Upon first tasting this, I was shocked. What was going on? I of course had heard all of the stories about how "these wines" won't age, will turn pruney, and so on. To tell the truth, I have had some examples of Shiraz that have gone that way...
But soon I realized something special was happening here. The beautiful black fruit remains, but has receded from front to center stage, becoming more elegant and matronly. Surrounding it, and coming to the forefront, is a nimbus of fat and delicious creamy and meaty notes that are just verging on the tertiary. Structure-wise, gobs of tannin remain to be resolved, and the high acidity this wine has always been known for remains present.
This is genius. Sadly, I'm not sure Glaetzer has reached these heights in any other vintage, despite the scores. Therefore, and also because of palate drift, I've stopped buying Aussie Shiraz. But I'm glad I still have almost a case of this left to follow as the years go by...
Had this last night after a bottle of the 2002 vintage. The 2005 vintage was definitely better than the 2002, mainly because it didn't have the coconut notes that the 2002 did. Yes, it's a big, rich, smooth wine with a thick texture and gobs of blackberry, plum and blueberry fruit, but it has little if any elegance or complexity. A one tirck pony, tasty but ultimately unsatisfying to me (B/B+).
This beast has a big and powerful nose of creamy vanilla spice. The appearance is dark purple with a rich density which suggest a concentrated and flavorful wine. The palate is full, rich and balance with intense creamy fruits dominating the more subtle components of pepper and menthol. This wine is still a baby at this juncture, the heavy tannins suggest a very long life ahead of it. Its drinking good now with at least 3 hours of decanting minimum. I will wait another 5 years before I have another one of these, by then it should be nearing perfection.
Having just sold 2 thru Vinfolio @$95, decided to try one of my last 8 again.Also to please my wife, who LOVES this style of wine. IT IS REALLY GOOD, and I know most are down on rich hedonistic Aussie Shiraz these days, but it blew away the 2000 Lynch Bages we had on the 2 previous nights. I have had this now on 3 or 4 occasions, and it has stoodout each time, even outclassing(blind) the 98 Grange in our Shiraz French Bakery Wine dinnner in 2008. A rich supple wine with a compelling mid palate.
Big sucka, but more acidic than I recall. Not my style. Huge vanilla nose. Floral. Sweet. Dark fruit. Obviously well made. Plenty of polish. Full, rich and spicy. Not really a fruit bomb. Has structure but it is high booze. I think this would age for awhile. Also a crowd pleaser. No reason to collect.
Color: Black Nose: Violets, Black berries, crushed rock, Pepper Taste: Violets, crushed rock, blackberries, oak, vanilla, but kept changing over time Finish: Smooth tannins and extremely long with violets, oak, vanilla, crushed rock and blackberries Evaluation: This wine with some age might be a 98 pointer. Incredible wine that change over time and you must decant a min. of 3 hours. Enjoy!!! 95 points currently
Mr. Mike's Odd Tasting: Super Scoring Aussie Wines (John's Marketplace, Portland, OR): Decanted 1 hour, and needed about 23 more. A MASSIVE wine, just over the top in all categories. Aroma was mouthwatering with black fruit and pepper, and in the mouth, that fruit slaps you upside the head. But the real killer is the tannic vice that locks down on your mouth and throat once you swallow the wine. Once my vision cleared, about 2 minutes later, I could still taste the huge fruit in this wine...an amazing finish of sweet fruit. This was sheer infanticide and I wouldn't even dream of opening a bottle of this in the next decade. This is a wine for your grandchildren.
We decanted this a couple of hours and took it to a restaurant. Had dinner with someone who loves South Australian Shirazs, so I thought this would do the trick. Third time I've had the 2005, and each time it was excellent. This is fruit foward, and really delivers an "attack" of sweet dark fruit. It comes at you with black cherry and plum extracted. The residual sugar and acid levels made it a wonderful match with lamb and steak. One friend (the President of our local Alliance France - and quite biased to old world styles) thought it was too much, but his wife, my wife and I all loved it. South Australian Shirazs may be falling out of some favor in the U.S., but it's not because of the 2005 Amon-Ra.
Will check back on this later. Popped/poured, and frankly its a bit "stupid" compared to what it ought to be. Obviously has all the elements of a great wine, but a bit out of sorts...lacking integration. A fairly strong sense of acidity on the palate, which distracts from great fruit. It's a nice wine now, but not what it should/can/will be. I have no worries about the remaining bottles, but either more years in the cellar or a long decant are in order. Update: MUCH better after 4 hours opened (not decanted) and with 30-45 minutes in the glass. The brightness/acidity folds back into the wine, and the wine becomes much more integrated and complex, with the fruit showing very nicely. So, clearly the answer on this for near term drinking is a decant, probably 2-3 hours minimum.
an other bottle of this magnificent wine. Very balanced as allways. I want to let this age but I just can't. At my local shop in Belgium, the sales person claims Ben Gleatzer is confident his 2006 amon ra is the best vintage and the 2006 will age the best. So I bought 2 bottles of 2006 Amon ra to let them age and in the same way I will not feel as guilty when I drink my 2005 Amon ra. ;)
Clear. Very deep purple core with a vibrant cherry red rim. This wine looks very youthful. The nose comes off very fruit forward with tonnes of sweet berries, candied plum, cassis, raspberry jam and loads of smooth woody spice. I'm going to say this wine is dry but its probably closer to off dry with all its residual sugar. Moderate acid with a silky smooth mouthfeel. This wine is all about fruit intensity. Tonnes of cassis and blackberry jam fly out of the gate with a wonderful purity. Lots of Christmas spice and some herbs lie in the background but really this is all about the fruit. Tannins are grippy but not enough to keep up with the weight of the body. High alc but the body of the wine carries it effortlessly. The finish is voluptuous and long constantly reminding you to go back for another sip. Outstanding quality. 91 pts. Drinking well now. Im unsure how it will age. Will this evolve into a more elegant beast with less fruit but more seccondary characteristics? From my limited experiance, no. This style needs the fruit to hide the acidification. Drink by 2014
syrah smackdown (Barrington IL, Wally's house): nose: very pungent and powerful nose jam packed with red fruits, rich tones of red cherries, cassis, black fruits and loads of black cherries. Great depth, and excellent balance with the big fruit tones melding together very well
taste: Excellent medium/full feel with really good balanced flavors of red fruits, red cherries, cassis, black cherries and some bits of camphor and black licorice. While the flavors are really good, they seem to be lacking a bit of teh depth and expression that they possesed on the nose
overall: I made sure to decant this for 5 hours or so and then bottle aired it for two hours after putting it back in the bottle. Maybe it needed more air or some more time sideways. Wally had some of this over the next two nights and he told me that it showed a lot better, c'est la vie
to impatient for a lengthy decant on this one, but really opened up nicely in the glass over a period of about 30 mins. loads of dark fruit, and vanilla, little if any tannins, smooth clean finish. i probably jumped the gun by a few years on this one. not quite as big as i had anticipated though, which was nice. ill crack another one this time next year.
others last night went ga-ga for this stuff. It was a typical big aussie wine. Had a good fruit structure but was hot and lacked balance and depth, fruit profile was similar to Command (which is one Aussie wine I love) but lacked the complexity and sophistication of the Command
Popped and decanted for three hours. Whew! After a couple of glasses I was ready for a nap. Candied blackberries and blueberries on the nose. On the palate, this is a massive wine. Full-bodied but not syrupy, loads of dark berry fruit with a pleasant streak of tar to liven things up. A little more restraint would have been nice (to me), but still a solid wine.
Almost black color. Generous nose of blackcurrant, blueberry, coffee, chocolate. Extremely full-bodied; taste follows the smell. Good structure and integrated tannins. Very nice and enjoyable already in its present state, though some more years of cellaring will most likely give it more character.
Decanted for 3 hours prior to starting and was still a bit backward at that point. Another 90mins had the wine very well-balanced; incredibly dark and floral nose, rich and lush. Lots of dark fruit, creamy texture, tar, concentrated and pure. The wine had a bit of alcohol early on, which had dissipated by hour 5, at which point it began developing a stronger sweetness to it. Just an outstanding shiraz.
Great American Syrah Shootout II (Chicago, IL): Black, opaque color. Huge, giving and delicious nose. Pure black fruit, toast and brown sugar. Richly fruited palate, to say the least, is focused and so well balanced for such a big wine. Sweet and rich with well-integrated oak -- hinting at some complexity beneath. Simply delicious and so light on its feet. A relative bargain and under-appreciated by the masses. My #2, Group #1.
Wineflock - Best of American Syrah (Home): Group #1, My #5 - Full deep opaque black/red color. Lovely medium full red fruit and floral nose - nice. Really nice interesteing sweet/tart black fruit and cassis on the palate with good lifted acidity. 94-95pts.
Bacchus blind tasting (My place): Black color with a thin purple rim. Intense nose with lots of fruit, blueberry, blackberry and very ripe cherries, notes of blackcurrant liqueur, sweet licorise, pepper, gunpowder and ammonium chloride. Insanely full-bodied and concentrated on the palate. Super powered, new world, fruit - dark and brooding, with lots of sweetness. On the midpalate sweet licorise and a note of bitterness. Ends with a good tannic grip, that is well integrated underneath the liqueur and candied fruit finish. This wine is full-throtle, but superbly balanced. Give it time, and it should become more refined - everything else is already there.
It's been 11 months since I had this last. I'd say it improved a bit over the past year, or I just enjoyed it more. Nice fruit, integration, finish and complexity. It was a little hot initially, and remained that way throughout as I didn't decant. Typically I decant everything I drink, even if for just a few minutes. This time, I changed it up and left it in the bottle uncorked. Between day one and two it didn't seem to change much outside of becoming more smooth of day two. I enjoyed this a lot over this weekend.
This is the third time I drink this beautiful wine. (first time I comment it on cellartracker) The first bottle was the best and although I feel this wine has closed down a little over the last year(s) it still is very, very enjoyable. What strikes me the most is the balance of the amon ra. I have a decent collection of wines but no first growth, Gaja, Harlan or anything exceeding 50-60 €. Until now the 2005 amon ra is the most balanced wine I ever had. (to put in perspective; I am 27 but from Belgium so drinking regularly and loving wine since 10 to12 years ) I am extremely curious how this will evolve. I find it very difficult to predict if the best drinking window lays before us or behind us. If while aging this could pick up some more complexity in the mid palate and keep the balance and long silky finish this could deserve the 98 parker score. I have 6 bottles left and hope I can leave them for at least 3 years before cracking a new bottle. This means I hope the best is yet to come. for now 94+
Much, much better than the underwhelming 2003 I had last time. This was a rich, complex, well-endowed and perfectly balanced Shiraz. Deep purple to rich red at the edges, alcohol and blackberry nose, but the palate isn't hot. What it is, is layer after layer of rich south Aussie fruit, with a long finish. Fantastic wine.
on opening.... Big Dark, Extracted, Concentrated Blackberries. Somehow maintains some silkiness, Hitting the decanter for 5+ hours
at the 11hr mark, this is going in an opposite direction of the pax (04 Keltie.) Acidity seems artificially pronounced as fruit starts to mellow. Toasty and smoky aromas take over on the nose. Toasti-ness showing on the palate also... this showed way better early
A very elegant and hedonistic Aussie Shiraz. Decanted : two hours before tasting. Dense purple-red color. Sumptuous nose with aromas of blackberry, nutmeg, sweet herbs, cassis and vanilla. On the palate : an extremely rich and approachable wine, wonderfully balanced, with luscious ripe red fruit, a good structure and huge but very mellow and silky tannins. Creamy finish. A very sophisticated wine, but a bit too oaky (not fully integrated yet) and jammy for my taste.
Een elegante en hedonistische Australische Shiraz. Gedecanteerd twee uur voor consumptie. Dichte purperrode kleur. Voortreffelijk bouquet met aroma’s van zwarte bes, nootmuskaat, vanille, cassis en een zachte kruidentoets. Smaak : zeer toegankelijke, rijpe wijn vol weelderig rood fruit, met een mooie balans en een goede structuur en met duidelijke doch zachte, zijdeachtige tannines. “Romige” afdronk. Een zeer gesofisticeerde wijn, naar mijn smaak echter wat te “jammy” en met teveel hout (nog niet volledig geïntegreerd).
Fight night wines (my house): nose: utterly massive and yet balanced nose of eucalyptus, mint, blackberry, dark cherry, crushed berries, raspberries, oak, and smoke tones just flow into the nose. wide open and pure this is big on the fruit, but nowhere close to being over the top
taste: wonderfully balanced fruit with raspberry, cherry, mint, eucalyptus, blackberries, smoke, and some oak tones
overall: a stupendous wine. Insanely balanced and wide open. This is a blow away wine with impeccable balance, attack, transitions, and a really good long raspberry finish. It needs some air before drinking, but this is a special wine
I bought some of this a few yrs ago and never tried it. it has alot of hype so before the flight back I decided to pop one. The color solid purple. The nose was pleasant. At first sniff i got aromas of incense berrry and graphite. I also sensed some wet earth. The first sniff was not equal to the the nose? Closed maybe? I dont know. I did taste some herbs licorice and casis with cedar. The mid palate was short and unsatisfying. There however, I did get licorice, cedar, cherry, herbs and peppers. The finish was not as long as I had expected. This is a solid wine but I have had better Shiraz. Rating 92
Ink black tasting of cherries with a wonderful smooth finish. This wine's finish really started to entend after 3 hours. I would have decanted longer but I enjoyed this at a restaurant where I could not decant in advance.
Good, but nowheres as excitng as at our BYO Shiraz tasting 2 months ago when blind it was preferred to the 98 Grange and Jim Barry Armagh. Inky black, with good bouquet, and presence.Is it starting to go into a transitional stage? Revisted on the 18th, was much better, and closer to prior experience.
Second bottle from my case: uncorked 24 hr in advance, double decanted 4 hrs before dinner. Prime rib with asparagus, wild rice, fresh horseradish. This wine was the highlight. Lovely perfectly balanced shiraz, not hot or over-extracted. The dinner guests commented on its smoothness, and it was gone too fast. This wine has it all! It was firing on all cylinders, although still quite youthful, only giving hints of its future potential. A superb wine. 94 pt.
One of nine wines tasted blind at Lucio's dinner 4/26/08: Tons of black fruit on the nose and palate. This one did not stand out for me or for the group. After the reveal, we learned this was a 98 Parker wine. Who knew.
This is a wine of great mass and elegance. Great purity of fruit. Notes sweet cherries, bbq spice and black raspberry. The nose is very complex, intoxicating really. In the mouth, perfect balance, long finish and absolutely begging to be consumed. I've certainly have had wines that did not come close to delivering what this wine has for the price, as far as qpr goes this is right there with the best I’ve had.
Overall: Very nice wine. Great balance and structure. If anything it was a bit young, but there were no overpowering tannins to speak of. Quite simply I could find no faults with it other than the price.
Disappointing given the price and the 98 given by RP. Good fruit, excellent balance, lush mouthfeel, reasonable length, but lacking in complexity. We had it alongside a 2003 Pio Cesare Fides, and everyone agreed that the Fides was a better wine, primarily because it was substantially more complex than the Amon-Ra. Perhaps RP is detecting some greatness that will come with time, but I won't be buying more to find out.
Decanted for 2 hours, poured it back into the bottle, and took it to the restaurant. The Amon-Ra was hugh, complex, and, simply stated, extraordinary. It had (again) a hugh velvety mouth feel of lush fruit in integrated layers that were perfectly balanced. This wine demonstrated the kind of complex harmony that's possible in a wine. It's Sunday, but tomorrow morning I'm calling the wine store and having them put the rest of this aside for me.
Had at dinner with family for my daughters birthday. I didn't know how people would react with the Amon Ra so I had several others choices. I told my sister-in-law and her husband to taste this first to see if they liked it. They did and asked for a full glass each. When they finished they said that was delicious. can I have some more. So we finished it off. My brother-in-law said this is the best wine I ever had. It made it all worth it when someone likes it that much. Then my sister-in-law said the same thing. They fell in love with Amon-Ra. I don't blame them, as its likely to be one of my all time favorites as well. I had opened the bottle about two hours before dinner and re-corked for the ride. It's so rich and smooth, full of fruit. Nothing fake here, its all good.
Wow what a monster this is. Out and back in the bottle seven hours earlier. Three of us who were doing the order for the annual wine dinner had a difficult time deciding whether to serve this before the 02 Ramey Jericho and the 04 L'Aventure Estate Cuvee. We decided to go with the Amon Ra first but doubted ourselves as this was clearly bigger than those bordeaux blend cabs. It really opened up and gave us different layers of rich fruit flavors. Can't wait for the 06.
Aussie Wines Offline (Canyon Lodge American Grill - Laguna, CA): This wine is clearly a child, but what a precocious child it is! Notes of black raspberry, plum, wet soil, and vanilla. Plush and creamy in the mouth and a 30+ second finish. This wine needs several more years in the cellar, but I think it is destined for greatness. 94-95 points.
Decanted for 3 hours before dinner, and continued to evolve over the next hour. Ellen likened it to the 98 Jim Barry Armagh, one of or favorite wines. A rich opulent wine reflecting dark berrry confit with vanilla American oak, carrries its 14.5% alcohol well.It is a hedonists wine, that promises to evolve.
Unmistakenably Australian, this teeth-staining battering ram of a wine shows lots of dark brooding fruit with coffee plum and ripe blackberry nose with some hints of licorice. Low acid, but decently structured. Would be exceptional with a nice bbq steak. Kinda over the top but not too much so. Long sweet plum finish
Holy crap....Almost perfect. Great balance for its youth. Tons of crushed berries, little roasted meat (after hours opened), lush on the palate with explosive fruit that matches the nose. Silky smooth tannins....In balance now, will be in balance for years to come...Glaetzer wines are some of my new favorites. Absolutely amazing value for the money. Buy all you can...
Lovely, balanced, huge. The class of an Australian flight that included 01 Oracle, 01 Dead Arm and 05 Carnival of Love. Primary, fun, and appealing now, but tonight, tasting group interests tended towards 1990 CdPs and 01 Brunello, raising the question (again) of how these massive wines from Oz will develop over the next 20 years?
Dark purple crimson. Nose of buttery wood, musk, smoke, ripe red fruit. In the mouth, persistent ripe, sweet, jammy red fruit, spices, and wood. Warm, but carries its alcohol fairly well for the style. Moderate tannins. Moderately long, warm, vinous finish. A lovely wine leaning toward the New World style. Nice now and for the next 10 years.
Decanted and drank over a couple of hours. Very concentrated primary fruit, but nonetheless well balanced. Oak present as an undertone, but this is really all about that dense, sweet fruit. Very fine indeed right now, no idea how it might develop with bottle age.
I had a bottle about 8 months ago and it was gushing with big fruit and structure and it was a 95. I think its starting to close a bit as its now a bit muted. Glaetzer wines are certainly age worthy and I've had many over the years. This Amon Ra is a huge wine that will certainly evolve over the next 10 year and more.
Late night pop at Varmint's after the Ween show with all the tools. Black as night. Very unique smoky, caramel, toffee component on the nose. Seems to have settled down a bit since the last bottle I had. Very well balanced. No notice of alcohol on the nose or palate with gobs of pure fruit. Nothing fake about this wine.
Double decanted 3 hours. Darkly colored. Fragrant nose reveals mocha, blackberries, spice, vanilla, graphite. Absolutely coats your mouth...serious 10WD-40. Very subdued on the mid-palate, but a nice long finish. This is approachable now, but will improve with time.
Decanted 1 hr. Had alongside '91 Wolf Blass Black Label at Greedy Goose. Unfortunately, because the Black Label was such a brilliant wine and in its peak drinking window, it highlighted some of the flaws of the Amon Ra, namely its youth... I have no doubt that in time this will be an extrodinary wine, however, right now its just not that approachable. That's why I have elected not to give it a rating.
Tuesday tasting at Papa Joe's comparing Aussie Shirazes. This was easily the climax of the evening. What flavour! Indescribable. Here, talking about wine is like dancing about architecture. Outstanding.
taste as experiment for buying more dark dark purple color, on the nose it was minty , dark fruits, jam and a little char....very Oz!!in the mouth it is alot of diff flavors, black fruits, plums casis, thick blackberry jam and some chocolate...really broad but not too far out of whack..long long finish...i would buy more of these
Bouquet of smoke and dark fruits, but flowery as well. The nose is fresh and lively--so much comes at you so fast, and it just smells expensive. Also got black currant and plum in the nose.
Now, on to the taste. SUBERB mouth feel. Blueberry, jammy strawberry, acidity to keep things in perfect balance. On these Aussie's, there's a tendency to assume that the higher the Parker score the bigger the fruit bomb it's going to be. Here, however, there is a lot of complexity also, and some Bordeaux elements (cherry, tobacco). Chocolate note developed in the finish toward the end of the bottle.
Creamy aromas of raspberry liqueur, blueberry, charcoal and white flowers. Surprisingly lithe in the mouth with blueberry fruit, mocha and a stony, talc note. A smooth, dense finish that shows minimal tannin. Seems ready to drink and very hedonistic. Hopefully a couple years with allow some more secondary elements and a little more structure to show through.
Hedonistic from beginning to end, but also the most complex and balanced Southern Aussie I've ever had. Silky smooth, with delicious ripe dark fruit, spice and cocoa. It's got the structure for cellaring, but drinking beautifully now, so why wait.
Best Wine I ever tasted. Really Smooth and complex. There is liqeur smell with dark chocolate and coffee. Very rich and sumptous. Extremely tasty. Disapointed after GAM 2004 and 2005. This is a outstanding wine!
Sampled again at the wine tasting machinery at Papa Joe's. Dark and opaque colour. Fruity nose. However, the flavour is less fruity this time, for some reason. Maybe the bottle has been sitting too long in the machine. Not sure. Anyway, still excellent, nearly outstanding. I don't mean to low-ball an excellent wine, but the berry flavour was just less prominent this time. Still very well balanced, and a pleasure to experience.
I decanted for 4.5 hours, consumed over dinner and with the oscars (2 hours). Left one glass for another 24 hours for a final take. Here's my impression:
A voluptuous nose. Absolutely breathtaking. Covering presence of tar, with soft and shy notes of eucalyptus and buried fruit. The nose intoxicated my nostrils until I got a headache! The wine contacts the palette with silky eucalyptus and cassis but quickly stiffens into the mid-palette. The direction of the wine was shocking to me, absolutely resolved...The tannic backbone really gets you towards the finish and the heat/acidity is definitely overriding the hidden black fruits and secondary cassis profiles that were nuanced on the front. The glass that I have consumed 24 hours later has relinquished much of that heat and the fruit is more explosive than ever...The seething tinge of acidity finishes potently, more potently than many drinkers would choose to relish. I don't have much experience with tasting the same wines over long periods of time (hey I'm only 21) so I can't give a drinking window, but rudimentary I will say it needs years
95+ with a potential, if the acidity and heat integrates and the fruit comes to the table more inclusively, that this wine could yeild that 98 that Parker alluded to.
Grilled Lamb with Friends (MI): Extraordinary showing. Has everything in spades. Incredibly rich and sexy. Sweet, plush palate but some Horsepower also. Great Balance. Drank with an hour+ of air. So good now, hard to imagine it getting better with much age. And I dont think I'm going to let the majority of my bottles make the journey to find out.
This was my first time trying this wine (thanks bro!). It had a huge dark, dark color. I was expecting an overextracted Aussie Shiraz, New World fruit bomb. But I was pleasantly surprised. The wine had balance and elegance. Flavors of blueberry and redfruit with a hint of spice (and possibly mint). Smooth with a long finish. Probabaly could do with a few more years in the cellar. Overall an outstanding wine.
Well put together, quality wine. It was balanced and smooth. I decanted it, but it didn't really need much time. Over about a 90 minute period, it smoothed out even more and the fruit came out. Nose was phenomenal, classic Barossa. However, the thing that was missing here for me to give it a higher score was the complexity. Perhaps it was my mood, environment, etc., but this didn't have the layers of complexity that I was expecting based on everything I've read. Was it good, absolutely. But, for the price? Not right now. I have 3 more, so I'll wait another year or so on the next one to see if a more complex profile emerges.
poured into decanter and drank after only 20 minutes (suggest at least 2 hours). Nose of licorice, violets, oak & blackberries. This is a monster of a wine with a lot of complexity. Loads and loads of black fruit that is very dense. Very minimal acid and a decent amount of tannins currently. The oak comes out quite a bit on the palate. Finish is long and a distinct vanilla flavor that lingers on and on.
Lovely nose, definitely Aussie shiraz with a hint of medicinal spice. Deep black to nearly the rim, still too young. Nice balance, good acidity at the end. Tannins are fine and sweet. Loads of fruit, a touch of bitterness at the close. A fine shiraz, but will be at its best in 5+ years.
Drank at Le Gourmand. Beautiful thick Shiraz. Lots of plum and raisin to chew on. Amazing wine, but tricky to justify the 2x difference from the also beautiful Bishop. Well, tricky, but not impossible.
The color on this wine is crazy. Super dark and concentrated. The nose showed a little sweetness alongside some boysenberries, and a black and white cookie. This was a little restrained for what was expected. It was big and extrated, but kept graceful. The palate revealed some blueberry,blackberry, boysenberries, and red cherries. A fruit medley. This wine kept changing as the night went on. I like this type of wine, I just find my palate tires quicky if it is the only wine on the table. Alongside others wines this turns a conversation piece. There is alot happening that seems to evolve minute by minute to alot more. The finish was long and vibrant. I enjoyed this better than the 2004 Amon-Ra tasted last summer.
Lovely to drink now but for my taste I will wait for several years to drink any more. I had this at a friends' and enjoyed this teeth-staining, chewy, concentrated Shiraz that had fruit enough to mask the tannins. My score is for what it is now, but I fully expect it to score much higher in 5 to 10 years.
So dark in the glass and thck as treacle. Very expressive nose bursting with no end of fruit including chocolate, cassis, spice and liquorice. Wow - what a wine - the palate is silky smooth with big tannins but they are matched with bigger fruits and it's so complex on the palate I can hardly think where to begin! There is everything in here - spices, vanilla, pepper, cassis, blackcurrant jam, chocolate, mocha, minerals and more. The finish goes on forever - what a satisfying wine.
A huge, powerful wine but with so much restraint that it can be called exceptionally elegant, as well. Much brighter and lighter color in the glass than I anticipated. Especially initially, the nose was meaty, like game with berries and juniper. Later it gave way to more pronounced blueberry and spice. In the mouth, it was very dense with red fruit, blackcurrant, spices, and more blueberry, but the density in the palate was counterbalanced by a really nice level of acidity. The spreading finish was long, long, and lovely with a further expansion of the range of fruit. Great wine. 95-96
Decanted for 2hrs. Dense dark purple almost black color. Beautiful slightly sweet aromas of raspberry, cassis, blackberry and liquorice. Full bodied with a complex palate of dark fruit, tobacco and spice, big but very rounded sweet tannins, extremely balanced leading to a very long lush finish. This wine is drinking absolutely beautiful right now. I was weary to open it so early but after reading many reviews on EBob I figured I should give it a try....and glad I did. Everything here is already in sync, how nice to drink a class act Shiraz that isn't a alcohol fruit bomb like many others. No need to wait on this....enjoy! This completely blows away the 05 Mollydooker COL. 95
The third or fourth bottle I've had in the past few months and each one has been a gem. I love to drink Shiraz more than any other type of wine and in the past couple year's I've had my share... this one's in my Top Five for sure.
Wow, what a wonderfully sophisticated wine. This is really the first time we felt that word 'polished' applied to a wine, it was silky and luxurious with a really complex flavor with lots of fruit and hints of tobacco and chocolate and a touch of earthiness. The tannin structure and finish were really intriguing...the tannins were mellow and just a little grippy, but continued to evolve for 10-15 seconds after a sip, making my mouth water like crazy, and then the finish lingered for another 30+ seconds after.
We took a break in the middle and came back (by which time it had been open for 16 hours, decanted for 7) and we felt that some of the complexity had faded.
Cin says "When I drank this wine I really felt that it was _made_ well".
On taste alone, this is definitely a 4 out of 4 (="Open another bottle right now"). It is a little pricey at $70-$80, but even still we're going to go out and get a few more bottles to keep around and lay down. The price nudges the score down a little, but I can't bring myself to give it a 3.5.
Not just another ozzie fruit bomb, while the wine is highly extracted there's depth here. Not overly sweet as often found with others of this ilk and balanced with just the right level of acidity. On the nose there are blueberries, cassis and notes of oak. The wine spreads beautifully across the palate with silky smoothness and a medium finish. Looking forward to drinking this in a few years as while it has good complexity now I believe this will develop more with age. Had alongside Kaesler Old Vine and Two Hands Angel's Share and this was a big step up.
Superior to the 2003 and 2004, which I also enjoyed. This wine straddles Australia and Northern Rhone, it's more subtle and balanced than prior years, but still has a hint of the Aussie character of "turn the volume up to 11." Bacon fat on the nose, and blueberries on the palate. The best of the Aussie '05's I have yet to taste.
Usually I'm skeptical of big-ass Aussie Shiraz wines. I appreciated the flavors, but too many fell short on mouth feel, lacking acidity and having too much glycerine. Until now. Like the Spanish Inquisition, I did not expect a nose that combined the aroma of aged Bordeaux (of all things) with a kaleidascopic combination of lavender, violet, berry pie, and skittles. On the palate, the lavender and violet come through, with tar, smoke, a thousand different fruits, and a surprising amount of Cabernet character. This is simply the most complex New World wine I've ever had, and perfectly balanced. Parker nailed this one to the wall.
Full on aromas of spice, blackberry, florals, tar, licorice and tobacco on the nose. Sweetly fruited, ripe and intense on the palate with good length, but a bit of alcohol evident when swallowing throws things off a bit. I really loved this, every sniff revealed something different, but one glass is entirely enough for me.
This bottle was decanted for at least 3 hours prior to tasting. Huge nose of blueberries and blackberries and licorice. Flavors of blackberries, cherries, vanilla, and licorice. Full bodied, blockbuster of a wine with a great velvety mouthfeel and a finish that lasts a very long time. Regretfully, we did not purchase any of these when they were readily available at retail, so we will have to rely on the kindness of friends to taste these in the future or take some down at auction. Really great stuff, and a clear WOTN.
Really good stuff. I drank the Godolphin the week before and actually may have liked it better. Huge nose of blueberries, though not near the level of the 2005 Enchanted Path. Long layered finish. Will give the remaining bottles some time. Decanted three to four hours prior to drinking. Better than the Mitolo GAM from 2005.
Deep and dark. Day one showed a weak nose and a brutish tannic but fruit filled palette. By day two it'd opened up with all sorts of red fruits, licorice and sweet wood with an excellent tannin and acid driven finish. Day three was just as fine, still big and rich. Extraordinary indeed 5+12+18+10=95
Decanted for an hour and half - rich red fruit and toasty oak on the nose, with amazing richness and lush, velvety texture. A paradigm of its type. The only thing that prevents me from rating it higher it is the lack of complexity, which hopefully will change with time. Spectacular, stunning wine.
Decanted for 2.5 hours and consumed over two nights. Expressive nose of vanilla, blueberry, blackberry, and oak all nicely meshed with some mint in the background. The purity of fruit in this wine is amazing. Full body and very intense. Rich blueberry and blackberry at first followed by chocolate and subtle vanilla oak. The finish is silky long with more pure blackberries, black licorice, and cherries. I hope to cellar my remaining bottles, but the wine is so good right now.
Decanted 4.5 hr’s. Thick and powerful nose of blueberry and blackberry with light tar notes and eucalyptus. A tremendous wine with rich and lusty blueberry and cassis flavors that are well balanced and accented with light minerals and faint black pepper. Broadens nicely on the mid-palate with chocolate notes and a touch of eucalyptus increasing towards the finish. Has good acidity along with supple, silky, and mouth coating tannins and a lengthy, blockbuster finish.
Decanted for 3hrs. Ruby in colour. Sweet nose of caramel, strawberry jam, chocolate cherry blossoms with hints of pepper and mint. This silky smooth wine coats the palate with flavors of mocha, sweet cherries and sugarcoated strawberries. Nice acidity on the mid palate, firm tannins and a 20-30 second finish. This will improve with 5 years of cellaring. 93+
Very dense purple color. Rich, deep nose of black fruits. Initial taste seems to be saline in its intensity, with hints of oak and tannins. The fruit is huge, and this is indeed a very fine wine, but I'm not sure it's quite as complex as it is made out to be. The 1997 Drouhin Clos de la Roche I had early this year seemed, for example, to have a richer set of aromas. This seemed a bit more single-dimensioned, but much more powerful. It also seems to be a young wine, in need of a few years to settle. All in all, this was a delicious wine.
Color is inky black purple. Nose was huge right away. Blackberries, blue berry, some jam. After 2 hours of decanting, nose was still blackberry and blue berry. Beautiful, but I couldn't get much more on nose other than the berries. Palate is full, very young, dusty tannin mixes well with the black fruit, lively acidity makes for a long finish. Wouldn't guess shiraz - best I've had. Hint of chocolate. Glad I have more.
I could happily smell this wine all night long. Entirely captivating just like the Chapoutier, but in a totally opposite manner - totally saturates your nose with aromas of licorice, chocolate, raspberry, cherry, tobacco, blueberries and floral notes. So luscious and ripe, and with velvet like texture on the palate. Firm tannins and background classy use of oak provide much needed structure for this immense wine. I doubt my one bottle will last anywhere near long enough for me to find out how this will age as it is just so approachable and pleasurable right now.
Now that this wine is on retail shelves here we had to commit a crime and open one up. This is a bigger Amon-Ra than the past vintages and it wouldn't surprise me if it needs more time than past vintages to really open up. Huge, raw flavours even after being opened for several hours. Should be improving for some time to come.
We just couldn't wait on this one. Had this with steak at Jak's. Wonderful nose with just a hint of oak surrounded by fruit. Smooth with a some acid. Oak, cherry, sugar... It was extremely impressive. Just for fun, we had a glass of the Boxer to compare and hands down the Amon-Ra tromped the syrupy Boxer.
This is one of the smoothest young wines I have ever tried, and the best Australian Shiraz I have had (up to this point). Very refined, not in your face, but a myriad of flavors involving red currant, raspberries and a bit of subtle earthiness. Amazing wine--how will it age?
Amon-Ra 02, 03, 04 and 05 with Ben Glaetzer (Denver): An exceptional wine, equal in intensity to the 03, but not as mature, leaving the question about just how fast these wines will mature and what will they become? These are generally from 85-90 year old vines, but what will that mean for the future?
Dinner with Ben Glaetzer (Table 6, Denver, CO): Probably the wow wine of the night but also the most unique of the 02 through 05. Not as opaque as the 04 and shows a beautiful nose of black fruit, spice, cedar and toasty oak. Full bodied with a knock out palate. Smooth, seamless and balance with noticable acidity and structure that carries into a very long finish.