Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2005

$169

At the top of the pyramid is the 2005 Syrah Astralis Vineyard. It is sourced from a vineyard planted in 1920...It delivers an ethereal bouquet of smoky oak, violets, espresso, black pepper, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur...The wine is totally harmonious, impeccably balanced, and exceptionally long... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening! I’ve had a few Clarendon wines but never their Astralis. Time has been kind and has shed the baby fat off of this wine. It’s still ripe (slight hint of VA) with baked mixed berry pie, fig and Andes chocolate mint aromatics but it didn’t hit you in the face. Dense, but the 3-4hr slow ox softened the profile. The palate showed cherry liqueur and blackberry jam with notes of bay leaf and cinnamon. Only the faintest hints of herbal/savory notes showed on the finish.

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening! I’ve had a few Clarendon wines but never their Astralis. Time has been kind and has shed the baby fat off of this wine. It’s still ripe (slight hint of VA) with baked mixed berry pie, fig and Andes chocolate mint aromatics but it didn’t hit you in the face. Dense, but the 3-4hr slow ox softened the profile. The palate showed cherry liqueur and blackberry jam with notes of bay leaf and cinnamon. Only the faintest hints of herbal/savory notes showed on the finish.

9.5

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik Delectable Pro

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

Elegant and spicy with integrated oak, lively perfume and dark fruits, ripe but not overtly so. Nice tannins grip on the vivid finish.

Elegant and spicy with integrated oak, lively perfume and dark fruits, ripe but not overtly so. Nice tannins grip on the vivid finish.

9.4

Gary Arya-Armstrong Delectable Pro

Sommelier Rockpool Bar and Grill

I was surprised by the weight and opulence of the fruit. Still soils in structure but also generous .

I was surprised by the weight and opulence of the fruit. Still soils in structure but also generous .

9.0

Eric Crane Delectable Pro

Sommelier & Educator Empire Wine Distributors

2005

2005

9.3

Cris Cherry Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Villa Creek Winery

A thicky but very nice.

A thicky but very nice.

9.7

Darrin Mak Delectable Pro

Corked

Corked

Tom Cole

Earthy and dense

Earthy and dense

9.5

Alexander Vadas

Youthful and yummy. Didn't strike me as particularly Barossa. Clearly great, but not a show stopper

Youthful and yummy. Didn't strike me as particularly Barossa. Clearly great, but not a show stopper

9.4

Benjamin Keator

Still n ends a decant...a long one. Vibrant, dark, full of fruit. This one has lots of life left

Still n ends a decant...a long one. Vibrant, dark, full of fruit. This one has lots of life left

9.6

Patrick Dolan

Very complex and well blended. Great finish and very nice.

Very complex and well blended. Great finish and very nice.

9.2

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