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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2006
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2006
(search item no. 117767)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $159.99

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
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
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2002 Wine Spectator 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:

Blackened purple/crimson. Low altitude of aroma. Soft and elegant exhibition of black raspberry and grilled meat, blue berry muffin, dark milk chocolate, liquorice, coffee, choc cake, incense, cinnamon, freshly baked Christmas cake, iodine, graphite and crushed rock. Relatively closed nose in contrast to mouth filling flavours, although continually evolving in the glass. Overall, a vividly intense concentration of characters although it remains trapped in the tannin. An atypical Astralis that is slightly more savory profiled than recent '03 and '05. Cascades of flavor roll along the most refined and sublime expression of Syrah in the cellar. Varietal characters driven by ripe, precisely focused tannin structure that fills your mouth with thousands of finely grained particles- from the moment after consuming: the flavors glide from one to another and the texture remains.
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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.