2004 Clarendon Hills - Shiraz Astralis 750ml

Australia - South Australia - McLaren Vale/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

WA 98   WS 97   IWC 96   Collector 95
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Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

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.

Drink Dates: 2010-2040
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 167

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

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. 500 cases imported.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

($325) 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. (Wine Brokers Unlimited, Modesto, CA)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 127

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Lellman2
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 03/16/2012
Interesting wine. First glass after open for 2 hours very peppery, spicy, smoky. Second glass 4 hours later fruit came out and the wine totally changed. Overall very nice but very young. Won't open again for 5 years at least.

Rating: 94
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/02/2012

Average rating: 97, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

547 bottles owned by 158 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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