Amon-Ra Shiraz 2013
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"This is archetypal Amon-Ra, with black fruits, licorice, oak and almost anything more you care to name; taking no prisoners - you are either in or out.""Archetypal" indeed. This Amon-Ra Shiraz is a classic representation of the bold, fruit-forward, spicy and all-out blockbuster of a Barossa Shiraz. But it's beautifully balanced at the same time so the countless flavors, tannins, acidity and all come together in a masterfully woven and constructed wine. It's got a little bit of time before it'll be ready to pour. Or a long time, if there's a big birthday or anniversary sometime in the next 15 years... Grilled bison with black rice and shiso-plum compote? Lamb chops with fennel relish? Or paprika-roasted pork chops? We'll have the bison.
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "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. Drink: 2017-2030" Jun 2015
James Halliday's Wine Companion: From vines between 50-130yo, yield 2t/ha; open-fermented in 1 and 2-tonne pots, post-fermentation maceration, matured for 16 months in 100% new hogsheads, 95% French. Dense, deep inky crimson-purple; this is archetypal Amon-Ra, with black fruits, licorice, oak and almost anything more you care to name; taking no prisoners - you are either in or out." Jun 2015
Winery: "The key to Amon-Ra Shiraz is balancing the fruit and tannin extraction, rather than maximizing it. The fruit has such expression that we aim to preserve the characteristics of the vineyard rather than dominate them. Brilliant purple and opaque cherry hues. Lifted spicy blackberry florals on the nose with layers of earth, dark plum and espresso. The bright and brooding palate displays vibrant notes of dried spice, juicy cassis and black plum. Multi-layered fine tannin and fresh acidity will afford this vintage the ability to age supremely well over the long term.
In Egyptian mythology, Amon-Ra is considered to be the king of all gods. The temple of Amon-Ra was believed to be the first temple to ever plant a monoculture vineyard to produce wine for the citizens of the temple. The eye on front of the label is the all-seeing eye of Horus or wedjat ("whole one") - a powerful Egyptian symbol of protection. It is represented as a figure with six parts, corresponding to what Egyptians regarded as the six senses; touch, taste, hearing, sight, smell and thought. Ben created Amon-Ra Shiraz to appeal to all these six senses.
Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Aging: 16 months new oak
Alcohol: 15.5% Region: Barossa Valley, Australia