1998 Clarendon Hills Astralis
16 Ratings
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16 Ratings
1998 Clarendon Hills Astralis

Winemaker's Notes

(From 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

    over 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 127 on Feb-00
  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate
  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast