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Ben Glaetzer Eye of Ra Shiraz 2018

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    The Eye of Ra was the powerful feminine counterpart to the sun god Ra in Egyptian mythology and was personified by a number of Egyptian goddesses. They also represented the polarity of extreme force of the sun’s heat countered by the sun’s nurturing gaze. Wine maker Ben Glaezter similarly produced the Eye of Ra Shiraz featuring excellent power and depth balanced by restraint and elegance leading to an amazing evolution in the bottle and glass.

    The Eye of Rã 2018 Shiraz reflects Ben Glaetzer’s aspiration to create the perfect wine that is the epitome of Barossa Shiraz. 100% Shiraz, extraordinary fruit was sourced from selected vines from four outstanding vineyards from the renowned Ebenezer sub district at the northern tip of the Barossa Valley. The fruit was hand harvested from low yielding vines aged up to 110 years old predominantly in deep sandy soils of a red brown texture known as contrast soils. The result was exceptional quality featuring intense depth of colour, astounding aromatic purity and brightness on the palate. The parcels were fermented separately in small open fermenters and gently hand plunged 3 times daily. During fermentation the temperature was kept very cool below 18 degrees Celsius to enhance the fresh aromatic profile without over extraction. The wine was then matured for 16 months in 100% new French oak hogsheads with natural malolactic fermentation continuing in oak during maturation. The fine grained French hogsheads were of the highest quality with tannin profiles selected to best express the flavours of the individual parcels.

    Inky, opaque purple with red accents in colour. The aromas are expressive and forceful, development will reveal delicious herbs that accent a core of dark berry fruit. On the palate there are polished tannins balancing the dominant fruit. Black berries are layered over red, with mocha, liquorice and fresh-cut cedar.  Cellaring in the bottle will lead to increased complexity and even greater enjoyment.

    The 2018 The Eye of Ra Shiraz is wildly aromatic: blood plum, pastrami, cracked peppercorns, clove bud, mountain herbs (alpine mint?), boysenberry, blackberry (actually, every black berry you can name), dark chocolate, squid ink, blueberry, resin and char. In the mouth, the wine is velvety and concentrated, ...A galaxy of complexity exists in this glass. It shows the 2018 vintage off to its best effect: ripe, dense, concentrated, fresh and beguiling. Super good. - Erin Larkin, The Wine Advocate, 98 points

    The Finer Details
    Style – Red Wine
    Varietal –  Shiraz
    Country – Australia
    Region – Barossa Valley, South Australia
    Vintage – 2018
    Bottle Size – 750ml
    ABV – 14.5%