Astralis is considered a Premier Grand Cru vineyard and is the flagship of Clarendon Hills. Named by Roman Bratasiuk in reference to his thought that the wine is out of this world -the definition of Astralis is precisely this: a celestial body; pertaining to the stars.
Planted in 1920 on a 45 degree ascending slope that faces due-east and has a topsoil layer if pebble ridden clay and subsoil layer of pure ironstone.The vines typically throw a crop in the vicinity of 1000 kilograms per acre, or 17 hectolitres per hectare. These figures are extremely low and subsequently we produce around just 500 cases for the world.
Highly sophisticated, complex and refined, Astralis is a grand wine of classic understatement with timeless elegance and purity. Its effortless power and deeply restrained grandeur progressively reveal a spectrum nuance and character in age.
Colour: Deep red-purple
Aroma: Aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, tar, underbrush, meat, licorice, and blackberry lead to a burly, masculine version of Astralis. Smoky, mineral-laced boysenberry and blueberry on the nose, with sexy oak spice and floral qualities coming up with air.
Palate: Rich, fleshy and smooth, offering sappy dark fruit flavors and a wild array of floral and spice accents. For a rich wine this possesses uncanny balance. The endless, spice-accented finish features firm but harmonious tannins and leaves sweet vanilla, cola and dark berry liqueur notes behind. Great aging potential, best from 2014–2025.
Grape Varieties: 100% Syrah
Awards: 95pts – Wine Spectator; 97pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
History of Clarendon Hills
“Roman Bratasiuk is one of planet earth’s greatest winemakers” ~ Robert Parker Jr, Wine Advocate
“A 5-Star Winery” ~ Halliday Wine Companion
Clarendon Hills are vineyard and varietal expressionists striving for purity and perfection, dedicated to single vineyard terroir wines that rival the best in the world. Larger than life vigneron, Roman Bratasiuk redefined Australia’s fine wine landscape when he established Clarendon Hills in 1990. Knocking on the door of a local grape grower, a warm friendship grew from a handshake and harvest season saw him in the vineyard. Gathering the grapes by hand, the pragmatic vigneron taught himself the art of winemaking and pushed his wines a little further each year. International critics now consider Clarendon Hills one of the world’s greatest wine estates, producing some of the best wines in the world.