Clarendon Hills, Astralis, Shiraz, Mclaren Vale, Australia 2005
"At the top of the pyramid is the 2005 Syrah Astralis Vineyard. The wine is totally harmonious, impeccably balanced, and exceptionally long." robertparker.com
|Grape Blend||Shiraz 100%|
Clarendon Hills' Astralis is the flagship of Clarendon's Shiraz range, and the 2005 vintage is drinking beautifully now with more promise in the bottle. Astralis 2005 was purchased in its original wooden cases.
Clarendon Hills, situated 25 miles south of Adelaide, was established by Roman Bratasiuk in 1989, and in little over ten years the estate has risen to the forefront of the Australian wine industry.
The estate's rapid rise to stardom can largely be attributed to low-yielding 70-year-old vines and Roman's aim to make the highest quality wines the world over. Grapes are hand-pruned and hand-picked, and wines are matured in imported Burgundian barriques and bottled without fining or filtration to capture the individual vineyard character.
"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." robertparker.com
"Glass-staining purple. A room-filling bouquet displays the full range of dark fruits, with exotic Asian spices, graphite, cured tobacco, lavender perfume and rose pastille adding complexity. Mouthcoating boysenberry and kirsch flavors are complicated by high-octane chocolate, candied licorice, vanilla bean and floral pastilles, with a bright cracked pepper quality adding lift. Supple tannins mount on the finish, adding structure but allowing the jaw-dropping fruit to shine through. If you have the means and the access, this is one to buy." Josh Raynolds