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2006 Clarendon Hills - Shiraz Astralis

  • 99 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 85 JR
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SKU: 47739-2006-750-0
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($325) Saturated purple. Deep, pungent and exotic on the nose, offering a seductive array of lush dark berries, flowers and Asian spices. Initially subtle graphite and iron notes gain strength with air and carry onto the palate. Expansive blackberry and mulberry flavors are reined in by smoky minerals but gain sweetness with air, with candied violet and lavender qualities emerging. For all its power, there's an uncanny weightless character contributed by minerality. Finishes with a wallop of sweet dark berries and persistent floral notes. A stunner, and more accessible than the 2005 was at the same stage. I was pleased to see that the prices of these wines have dropped quite a bit since last year, which is welcome news in light of the weak U.S. dollar. (Wine Brokers Unlimited, Hayward, CA)
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: September/October 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    A big wine, but amazingly supple, graceful and pure, offering cascades of wild blueberry, black cherry and plum fruit that play against spices such as cardamom, clove and black pepper. It's all seamlessly integrated with fine tannins and enough creamy oak to complete the picture. Syrah.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2006 Astralis has stunning nose redolent of warm blackberries, meat, toast and charcoal, infused with notes of smoked duck, anise and a slight bit of peat. Though still very youthful, this big, rich, and powerful full-bodied wine has firm yet velvety tannins, a vibrant acid line and is very long on the finish. Drink it now to 2026+.
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating:

    There are four or five different subregions in McLaren Vale but this is on the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs. 85-year-old vines. 100% new oak.AÿTA 5.3 g/l, pH 3.64.Dark but slightly pruney fruit on the nose. Sweet oak spice and char. Very dark and savoury on the palate and much fresher than expected from the nose. Oak a bit drying on the finish.Aÿ(JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
    Issue: 09/15/2009
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Arnie
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

  • 110 bottles owned
  • 31 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 31 collectors)