The Eye of Horus that adorns the label of this wine is well known as the Egyptian symbol of “protection, royal power and good health.” Apt for this wine, however for me, it keeps bringing this to mind:
“Into the Abyss I’ll fall – the eye of Horus
Into the eyes of the night – watching me go
Green is the cat’s eye that glows –
In this Temple
Enter the risen Osiris – risen again.
Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave
I don’t wanna die, I’m a God,
Why can’t I live on?
When the Life Giver dies,
All around is laid waste,
And in my last hour,
I’m a Slave to the Power of Death.”
Powerslave – Iron Maiden
I think both uses of the symbolism work well here (for the wine maker, family, product) but I prefer the layered polyphony of Iron Maiden. So raise your horns and raise your glasses….
Amon-Ra by Ben Glaetzer, Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2014
Cork. Lead capsule. Positively oozing blackberry and plum jus, rich chocolate ganache, hedonism and god-king amounts of spice. Chunky, plump dark fruits that are almost chewable, before a veritable spice trade of cracked black pepper and perfectly judged vanilla oak. There’s a meaty, washed-rind cheese protein rich element but that adds to the complexity and muscularity rather than being off-putting. The tannins are exquisite: like an ermine and velvet cape. There’s no heat, even with the alcohol sitting up at (labelled) 15%. Far fruit brighter than the 2013. Make no mistake, this is powerful product and I opened my sample a good day in advance, if you’re not putting this away for many years in a sarcophagus, give it a decant and plenty of air.
Wine sample courtesy of Glaetzer Wines