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1999 Clarendon Hills - Shiraz Astralis

AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA / MCLAREN VALE
  • 92 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 47739-1999-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Amazingly rich and seductive, a towering wine with layers and layers of rich blackberry, plum, cherry and sweet spice flavors that cascade across a dense structure, polished to a fare-thee-well so the flavors ring, unopposed by tannins; the tannins are present, but totally submerged in the flavors. The kind of wine you want to roll around in. 550 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Blackish crimson. Ripe, fruity and evolved on the nose - perhaps not as noble or fine as some of the others but very much more drinkable! Yet the saltiness overwhelms everything else - this is medication rather than wine! Finishes very suddenly.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 11/30/2005
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Deep ruby. Knockout nose combines black fruits, spices, espresso, meat and gunflint; very syrah. Tightly wound and unevolved, with black fruit, licorice and pepper flavors currently dominated by the wine oak element. Dense with extract but quite closed; doesn't yet show the sweetness of the Piggott Range bottling (or the '98 Astralis, for that matter). Strong tannins coat the teeth. Based on the track record of this wine, it's hard to imagine that it won't ultimately be the strongest of Clarendon's '99 shiraz bottlings.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2001
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Showing better than when I tasted it for the Wine Advocate, the wine seems to open a bit, but is still backward. A saturated purple color offers up concentrated blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice and barbecue spice. The wine is large-scaled, very intense, with a multi-dimensional, layered personality. This wine should be at its best in about 7-8 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 87

    Adequate nose, but closed and unpleasant, with a slightly slimy(?) mouthfeel and sour finish. Perhaps faulty? Needs comparison against other bottle in cellar.
    Author: afikes
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

  • 201 bottles owned
  • 48 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 87
    (Out of 48 collectors)