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2005 Clarendon Hills Syrah Astralis Vineyard (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Clarendon Hills clarendonhills.com.au   details
Appellation: McLaren Vale - South Australia - Australia
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$150.00
Description: WS 99 and an epic wine by any standard! $150 JJ Buck
 
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rated (2004 vintage, 750ml bottle) : November 22, 2012 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
98 points "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 point in its life. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040+. Wine Enthusiast -- 98pts The flagship of the Clarendon Hills line, this comes from a patch of 80-year-old vines that winemaker Bratasiuk claims routinely provides his best fruit. The 2004 is a stunner, yielding up scents of flowers and spice, framed by hints of vanillin oak. It’s dense and amply textured in the mouth, packed with wonderfully expressive blackberry and blueberry fruit, then shows layers of rich tannins on the finish that leave no doubt this needs time in the cellar to show its best. This is a tour de force of Australian winemaking that should be consumed 2010–2025. Wine Spectator -- 97pts Deep, dense and brooding. A smoky, thick Shiraz that feels open and welcoming as the finish expands and persists. Cherry, chocolate and espresso notes mingle harmoniously and hint at loamy earth as the finish sails on and on. Best from 2010 through 2020. 500 cases imported. –HS Tanzer IWC -- 96pts 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 concentration, not to mention sweetness and purity. Does the finish here ever go away? I hope not." Best 2010-2025
tasted (2003 vintage, 750ml bottle) : January 5, 2010 , Shawn Wallace
95 points
rated (2002 vintage, 750ml bottle) : May 31, 2004 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
95 points "Polished, round and beautifully balanced to bring the blueberry, plum and blackberry character into relief, the lingering flavors riding effortlessly on superfine tannins. More refined, not as big or chunky as previous vintages. Drink now through 2015. 100 cases imported. (HS)" Best 2004-2015
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