Our flagship cuvee, the 2004 Astralis Syrah, highlights the quality of the fruit that is produced from eighty-six year old vines, planted on clay and ironstone. The wine is produced from a small parcel in our Blewitt Springs vineyard. Considered one of "Australia's greatest Syrah" by Robert Parker, this wine offers aromas of cassis and countless sweet red and black fruits. On the palate it is full of blueberries, plum, roasted meat, truffles, violet and vanilla flavors underscored by subtle tones of pepper and cedary oak finishing with plenty of flavor and rousing intensity.
The Wine AdvocateOne 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. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040+.
Wine EnthusiastThe 2004 is a stunner, yielding up scents of flowers and spice, framed by hints of vanillin oak. It's dense and amply textured in the mouth, packed with wonderfully expressive blackberry and blueberry fruit. A tour de force of Australian winemaking.
Wine SpectatorDeep, 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. Best from 2010 through 2020. 500 cases imported.
International Wine CellarInky, 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.
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