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Clarendon Hills Astralis
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Wine Details

Varietal

Shiraz

Style

Red

Region

Australia

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2002 Vintage) Wine Advocate #155 (Oct 2004) The 2002 Syrah Astralis Vineyard rivals the greatest wines Roman Bratasiuk has made in his 15-year career. This compelling, black/blue-hued offering from 75-year-old Syrah vines tastes like blood of the vine. An extraordinary perfume of flowers, creme de cassis, blackberries, roasted meat, new saddle leather, and earth is followed by a wine with sweet tannin, sensational concentration, full body, an unctuous texture, and a full-throttle, tannic finish. Yet it reveals unbelievable elegance and finesse. Too many Euro-centric elitists argue that Australian read more...wines are too rich and over the top, but all of these offerings have been made by someone with great talent and vision who takes the extraordinary ripeness and purity of fruit available from these old vine vineyards and crafts them into wines that are quite European in style ... just richer and denser. The 2002 Astralis is a tour de force. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025+. (hide)

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 110 on Apr-97
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/97
  • Robert Parker