CLARENDON HILLS - Astralis Syrah 2008 Magnum (1500ml)
Iconic wine - This is CLARENDON HILLS flagship wine. It is a member of CLARENDON HILLS 1er Grand Cru classification.
Every year, the Astralis vineyard produces the most beautiful wine in our cellar. Despite its non-differentiated treatment in the cellar, it always reveals the most rounded, sublime and seamless expression of Syrah which ages like a rock.
This is a wine that is always the most beautiful in our cellar. We recommend it is always decanted. Only the patient will recoup the full dividend of cellaring this masterpiece.
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Astralis is still quite primary eliciting aromas of black plums, blueberry compote and blackcurrant liqueur with a savory and baking spice undercurrent plus a fragrant whiff of violets. Very structured, fine and complex in the medium to full-bodied mouth, this wine is revealing much more than when I first tasted it a year ago and is now showing layer upon layer of black fruit preserves, mocha, toast and spices before finishing with great length. Extraordinary wine. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2030+."
Rated 100/100 - RobertParker.com- Lisa Perrotti-Brown (February 2013)
“One of Australia’s most prodigious Syrah’s, CLARENDON HILLS 2004 Astralis Syrah 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+.”
Rated 98 Points – Robert Parker
CLARENDON HILLS are vineyard and varietal expressionists striving for purity and perfection. We are dedicated to single vineyard terroir wines that rival the best in the world. Clarendon Hills is situated in the highest reaches of Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region.
We believe in unearthing a sense of place and season through a jurassic park style of viticulture. Our wines are born from rare, pre-phylloxera vines grounded in ancient soil over 750 million years old.