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21 Ratings
Clarendon Hills Astralis

Wine Details

Varietal

Shiraz

Style

Red

Region

Australia

Wine Description

(2005 Vintage) Wine Advocate Review Rated 99 At the top of the pyramid is the 2005 Syrah Astralis Vineyard. It is sourced from a vineyard planted in 1920 and is one of the Syrah cuvees in which 100% new oak is utilized (along with Brookman, Hickinbotham, and Piggott Range). It delivers an ethereal bouquet of smoky oak, violets, espresso, black pepper, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Densely packed and tightly wound, all it needs is time. The wine is totally harmonious, impeccably balanced, and exceptionally read more...Wine Advocate Review Rated 99 At the top of the pyramid is the 2005 Syrah Astralis Vineyard. It is sourced from a vineyard planted in 1920 and is one of the Syrah cuvees in which 100% new oak is utilized (along with Brookman, Hickinbotham, and Piggott Range). It delivers an ethereal bouquet of smoky oak, violets, espresso, black pepper, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Densely packed and tightly wound, all it needs is time. The wine is totally harmonious, impeccably balanced, and exceptionally long. When it fully unwinds, even my high rating will appear conservative. Its only competition comes from the likes of Guigal, Chapoutier, Chave, Krankl, and Ringland. (hide)

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    has developed very nicely since last drunk 10 yes ago. bitter choc undertones with again the trademark bouquet. opened 2 hours before drinking

    almost 9 years
Expert Reviews
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  • International Wine Cellar
    Rating: 95(+?) - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Jul-00 Bright dark ruby. Very fresh but brooding aromas of crystallized black raspberry, violet, dark chocolate, mocha and game. Rather closed and unforthcoming on the palate, but the wine's great depth of flavor and precision are already apparent. A step up from the last two wines in sheer intensity. Finishes with great sweetness of fruit, superb grip, and noble tannins that coat the teeth. This wi...
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 127 on Feb-00
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/30/00
  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate
  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast