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1998 Clarendon Hills - Shiraz Astralis

AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA / MCLAREN VALE
  • 98 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 47739-1998-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Bright dark ruby. Very fresh but brooding aromas of crystallized black raspberry, violet, dark chocolate, mocha and game. Rather closed and unforthcoming on the palate, but the wine's great depth of flavor and precision are already apparent. A step up from the last two wines in sheer intensity. Finishes with great sweetness of fruit, superb grip, and noble tannins that coat the teeth. This will be lush with five or six years of bottle age. Also tasted: 1998 Shiraz Brookman Vineyard Clarendon. (The Australian Premium Wine Collection, imported by USA Wine West, Berkeley, CA)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2000
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Deep, dark and dense, a powerfully concentrated mouthful of cherry, blackberry, plum and exotic spice flavors that linger on the beautifully crafted finish. Stylish and graceful, it also has power. 480 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Just beginning to emerge from a relatively dormant state, this prodigious wine was showing the best it has yet performed., suggesting again that Clarendon Hills wines behave more like European wines in terms of needing time in the bottle. The saturated blue/purple color offers up notes of ripe black fruits intermixed with graphite, vanilla, mineral, and spice. Extremely thick, with a viscous texture, good underlying tannin and acidity, and fabulous length (nearly 50 seconds), this is certainly a prodigious effort that is now living up to the fame and extraordinary quality of this vintage. Nevertheless, I thought the wine needed about five years of cellaring two years ago, but now I tend to think it needs at least another 5-7 years of cellaring before it will begin to become an adolescent. It is a majestic, multi-dimensional, individualistic wine that certainly is world-class and undoubtedly profound.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: wineangelo
Owner Roman Bratasiuk shows a devotion to the simple tenets that yield some of the best Shiraz fruit grown in Australia. From the flagship Astralis vineyard, he hand-harvests fruit from over 75-year-old dry-farmed vines and allows the indigenous yeasts to work their magic. The resultant wine is unctuous and viscous, yet harmonized, and expresses those elements which define the essence of great Shiraz - black fruit, bramble, super concentrated cassis and spice, undercurrents of tobacco, coffee and licorice root.

Clarendon Hills also produces wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Semillon.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 254 bottles owned
  • 74 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 74 collectors)