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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2002
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2002
(search item no. 120385)
collectible wine
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $229.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is Clarendon Hills' flagship wine. It is a member of Clarendon Hills' 'Grand Cru' classification.

Every year, the Astralis vineyard produces the most beautiful wine in our cellar. Despite its non-differentiated treatment in the cellar, it always reveals the most rounded, sublime and seamless expression of syrah which ages like a rock.

The vast wealth of this wine's varietal depth extends beyond the parameters of syrah - beckoning superlatives. Amazingly svelte in its balance of varietal depth with restrained power and super finely integrated extract, it is light on its feet and majestic once in focus. Overriding harmony meets an anarchical expression of Australian classic syrah. Lifted florals dance with rich meats, coffee, cola, chocolate, pan forte, turkish delight, graphite, bitumen, cigar tobacco, black cardamom, good quality soy sauce and crushed rocks. It is dense, yet creamy smooth.

This is a wine that is always the most beautiful in our cellar. We recommend it is always decanted. Only the patient will recoup the full dividend of cellaring this masterpiece.

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About Clarendon Hills:

Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.