2007 is the most age-worthy Amon-Ra Shiraz made. This vintage is the 7th release of Amon-Ra Shiraz and the smallest volume released since the tiny 2003 vintage. The strict quality selections made in this 2007 vintage have been rigorous and uncompromising. The total make is tiny but their integrity is such that they had to be prepared to reduce total makes for the sake of wine quality and our reputation.
The key to Amon-Ra Shiraz is balancing the extraction rather than maximizing it as the fruit has such expression that we aim to preserve the characteristics of the vineyard rather than dominate them. At release, the 2007 Amon-Ra Shiraz is a tight wine due to the tannins of this vintage, with the trademark elegance, finesse and balance. Stylistically.
Variety: 100% Dry-grown Shriaz
Region: All fruit for Glaetzer wines is taken from the small sub-region of the northern Barossa Valley, called Ebenezer. The viticulture used is standard single wire, with permanent arm rod and spur. Many of the very old vines (80-120 years old) have now been trained onto a trellis for ease of pruning, harvesting and for disease and frost control.
Age of vines: 50 - 110 years old
Vineyard yield: 1/2 T/acre (1.2 Tonnes per hectare)
Vinification: Fermented in 1 and 2 tonne open fermenters, hand plunged 3 times daily. A small percentage completed primary fermentation in oak. Matured on lees to maintain fruit profile and animation, minimal SO2. Topped up every 3 weeks.
Oak: 20% American and 80% French (90% hogsheads & 10% barriques)
Age of barrels: 100% new oak
Time in barrel: 15 months, then bottled unfiltered
Total Acidity: 7.10g/l
Residual Sugar: 0.8g/l
Cellaring: 15+ years