Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2008

75cl / 14%

The 2008 Astralis Syrah is singing!

Showing no bricking at the rim, scents of cracked pepper, mint, bay leaf, thyme, lavender and blueberries pour out of the glass, adding meaty notes and hints of espresso and black olive with air. Full-bodied, creamy-textured and supple on the long finish, this wine shouldn’t be missed. If you’ve got one, open it and see for yourself. 

~Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

RM990.00

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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.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Black-purple crimson
Aroma: Lifted, charismatic and offering waves of youthful primary concentration and savoury complexity evolution in the glass right from the first moment of impression. Notes of game, roast meat, pepper, herbs, olive tapenade, lavender and pure blueberry quickly begin to nuance crushed rock and flinty characters, while a deeply recessed, brooding sense of sheer power and racy pungency is but a silhouette of its potential. Hedonsitic.
Palate: Deeply recessed layers of smokey bacon fat and blueberry mingle with cigar tobacco, subtle Asian spices and lavender in what is a very delicate yet an unusually approachable palate style. Highly polished yet deeply recessed tannin hint toward an ultra fine boned structure with density and concentration of character. Savoury complexities like cherry skin, black olive and jasmine tea are magically folded away like origami within the fine boned structure, laced with natural acidity.
Grape Varieties: 100% Syrah
Awards: 94pts – Wine Spectator; 99pts – 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.

Website: https://clarendonhills.com.au/

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