expert reviews about
2005 Clarendon Hills Astralis McLaren Vale Shiraz
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2005 Vintage) says
A great classic, the inky/purple-colored 2005 Syrah Astralis is a 40-50 year effort. Although closed, it displays gorgeous but subtle notes of smoked meats, black currants, graphite, new saddle leather, truffles, and blackberries. Remarkably elegant for a wine of such power and intensity, this complex, rich, full-bodied, backward Syrah has totally absorbed its aging in 100% French oak, and appears set for a long life. If you plan on drinking it over the next 4-5 years, it will need 24 hours of decanting. It should be at its finest between 2012-2035.
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Dark and peppery, black and spicy, this deeply flavoured, assertive and brooding young shiraz marries lashings of toasty, bacony new oak with layers of blackcurrant, dark plum and blackberry flavour. Coated with very firm but finely polished tannin, it’s sumptuous and concentrated, delivering its thick, juicy dark and marginally raisined fruit over faint suggestions of mint and menthol.