Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
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.
The Wine Advocate - "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+."
Wine Spectator - "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. Drink now through 2020."
International Wine Cellar - "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. "
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Clarendon Hills Winery
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. View all Clarendon Hills Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area with the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which contributes a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the most-planted grapes of the region. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the region are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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11 ratings, 2 with reviewsjagdish - Los Angeles, CA48/18/2015
goodTodd Thomas - Little Rock, AR58firstname.lastname@example.org - Monroeville, PA51/9/2015jamesapearre - Ketchum, ID58/15/2014
- Smooth & Supple
PoboyMan - Ocean Springs, MS57/17/2014WIll D - Biloxi, MS55/8/2014This is a wonderful wine. Very buttery much like a fine Hermitage.59/6/2012
- Big & Bold
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- Lamb > Herbs
Withee69 - Winter Springs, FL29/4/2012
- Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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