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Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah Single Bottle

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Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah Single Bottle

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Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Beautifully balanced and composed around a firm, drying spine, this sumptuously ripened but tightly focused and energetic shiraz has a deeply spicy, violet-scented bouquet of blackberries and cassis, dark plums and blueberries handsomely cloaked in fresh, fine-grained chocolate, mocha and cedary oak, with smoky, meaty and peppery undertones. It’s long, deep and mineral, with remarkable length and vitality, finishing with an imposing core of fruit and savoury, meaty complexity. Superlative.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Ever controversial, because of its self-endowed classification of 'ler Grand Cru'. Sourced from a single vineyard in the Blewitt Springs area, with 90-year-old shiraz vines, open-fermented with partial whole berry and whole bunch inclusion; ultimately spending 18 months in 100% new French oak. Deep, bright purple-crimson; strong overtones of bitter chocolate and licorice to the foundation of black fruits on the bouquet steer the same course on the massive, full-bodied palate; the tannins are very obvious, but soft and ripe, leaving the wine with excellent balance; 650 dozen made.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
An old-fashioned example of this style, whose wild, heady bouquet of sweet black and red berries, plums and white pepper is laced with blue flowers, mint and menthol. Handsomely but carefully oaked, it's densely and deeply flavoured, with juicy layers of dark plums, and cassis, currants and briar framed by firm, fine tannins. Finished with a refreshing acidity and revealing nuances of graphite, licorice and iodine, it lacks the length of fruit purity associated with the finest vintages.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Very savoury and stylish, with a spicy, faintly jammy bouquet of black and red berries, plums and chocolatey oak lifted by a heady, spicy muskiness. Tightly balanced, with layers of brightly lit black and red fruits knit with fresh new oak and underpinned by mouth-wateringly fine, crunchy tannin, it's long and finely crafted, with a lingering core of intense fruit punctuated by a fresh acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Expected development of deep red-purple colour; the bouquet and palate are so complex and powerful, it is difficult to tease out any single components, but black fruits, licorice, tar, savoury spices, cedary oak are all in play. While full-bodied, the wine has good balance and length. The long cork is of high quality and perfectly inserted.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Sumptuous and sensual; dense and smoky with a heady bouquet of brambly dark fruit, smoked meats, pungent oak and exotic spices. Its luscious palate is deeply stained with black and blue fruit and effortlessly balanced by a powerful but pliant extract of fine tannins. It finishes slightly warm, with a remarkably persistent core of fruit backed by lingering nuances of licorice, mint, menthol and five spice.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Spicy/meaty nose with a mineral-like character. Juicy palate with very sweet, stewed fruit flavours that have great concentration and length.
Winestate 2009
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.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
Louise Radman (2004 Vintage) says
Perfumed red raspberry & cherry, complex iodine, crushed rocks, graphite & smoky charcoal. Hyper-intensity & stunning integration of innate power & ethereal elegance. Clarendon Hills Flagship Syrah, Astralis - out of this universe!
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A wine of precision and distinction, with immaculate fruit, oak and tannin balance, a light year away from the original Astralis style. Whether the price is justified is a decision for the purchaser, but the closure is a real concern for long life (stained cork).
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
About as perfect as the more pronounced expression of Australian shiraz can be, this is a remarkable wine of seamless length, strength and harmony. Steeped in briary aromas of cassis, dark plums, berries and cherries, its meaty bouquet also reveals oak-derived suggestions of dark chocolate mocha and smoked oyster. Incredibly concentrated, its sumptuous palate of dark plum and berry flavours soaks up some fairly assertive new oak with ease, leaving a substantial and seamless expression of sour-edged fruit framed by mouth-coating tannins and finishing with spicy nuances of licorice cloves and cinnamon. Manages to retain aspects of elegance despite its power and structure.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A deep, dark and brooding wine whose massively introverted aromas of dark red and black berry fruits reveal a perfumed floral aspect and layers of meaty, oaky and spicy complexity. Astonishingly intense and powerful it's saturated by a remarkable depth of black fruits and plums, with tightly integrated support from assertive dark chocolate oak and firm, powdery tannins. Superbly balanced, a long-term wine of immense potential
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A very oaky shiraz whose underlying fruit will take some time to fully emerge, this is a meaty, rustic wine with reductive, charcuterie-like undertones beneath its sweet, spicy and peppery aromas of smoky vanilla oak and small dark berries. Smooth and sumptuous, it's slightly unpolished and unfinished, delivering a deep, concentrated core of blackberry and raspberry flavours slightly hemmed in by its assertive oak and astringent, but slightly blocky tannins. Finishes dusty and oaky.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (1994 Vintage) says
Full purple-red; a massively powerful bouquet loaded with fruit and also with oak leads on to a rich, powerful palate, -with elbows and knees pointing in all directions. There are definite rustic characters to the wine which may settle down with age, or may conceivably come to haunt you.
Australian Wine Companion 1998 1997

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