Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz 2010
Clarendon Hills is a small family run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company, founded by biochemist Roman Bratasiuk in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exceptional wine. It all began when the 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 palette and scientific knowledge. Following his favourite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.
The vast wealth of this wine’s varietal depth extends beyond the parameters of syrah - beckoning superlatives. At once majestic and ethereal, lifted florals dance with the deep, dark allure of roasted meats, boysenberry, coffee, panforte, graphite, black cardamom, tobacco and Asiatic spice. Striking crushed rock minerality, flecked with contrasting elements deep within. Magnificently svelte and complex with fine chalky tannin structure and elegant concentration of delivery. Now in the first bloom of youth, the intensity lingers in what becomes an intellectual pursuit of how this wine will develop over many years. 14% alcohol; James Halliday
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+. Rating: 100 Points; Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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