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21 Ratings
Clarendon Hills Astralis

Wine Details

Varietal

Shiraz

Style

Red

Region

Australia

Wine Description

This is Clarendon Hills’ flagship wine. It is a member of Clarendon Hills’ ‘ 1er Grand Cru’ classification. Every year, the Astralis vineyard produces the most beautiful wine in our cellar. Despite its non-differentiated treatment in the cellar, it always reveals the most rounded, sublime and seamless expression of syrah which ages like a rock. The vast wealth of this wine’s varietal depth extends beyond the parameters of syrah - beckoning superlatives. Amazingly svelte in its balance of varietal depth with restrained power and super finely integrated extract, it is light on its feet and majestic once in focus. Overriding harmony meets an anarchical expression of Australian classic syrah. Lifted florals dance with rich meats, coffee, cola, chocolate, pan forte, turkish delight, graphite, bitumen, cigar tobacco, black cardamom, good quality soy sauce and crushed rocks. It is dense, yet creamy smooth. This is a wine that is always the most beautiful in our cellar. We recommend it is always decanted. Only the patient will recoup the full dividend of cellaring this masterpiece.

Expert Reviews
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  • International Wine Cellar
    Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Jul-06 Inky, bright-rimmed purple. Explosive, captivating aromas of every imaginable red and dark berry, kirsch, spicecake, pipe tobacco and floral essences. Thick and velvety in texture, with a stunning vibrancy to the boysenberry and blackberry liqueur flavors. Chewy and almost colloidal, but there's superb energy and vivacity here as well. A wild, almost overwhelming wine with great intensity and...
  • Robert Parker
    "One of Australia’s most prodigious Syrahs, Clarendon Hills’ 2004 Syrah Astralis is fashioned from vines planted in 1920, and spends time in 100% new French oak from the cooper, Cadus. It boasts off the charts intensity as well as an opaque purple color, and notes of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, roasted coffee beans, pepper, smoke, and a hint of sweet toasty oak. This full-bodied, rich, intense, backward Syrah needs 2-3+ hours in the decanter if one is going to approach it at this p...
  • Wine & Spirits
    Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 02/07
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: (96-98) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 161 on Oct-05
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/06