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2001 Clarendon Hills

Astralis Syrah

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At the top of the pyramid is the 2005 Syrah Astralis Vineyard. It is sourced from a vineyard planted in 1920 and is one of the Syrah cuvees in which 100% new oak is utilized (along with Brookman, Hickinbotham, and Piggott Range). It delivers an ethereal bouquet of smoky oak, violets, espresso, black pepper, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Densely packed and tightly wound, all it needs is time. The wine is totally harmonious, impeccably balanced, and exceptionally long. When it fully unwinds, even my high rating will appear conservative. Its only competition comes from the likes of Guigal, Chapoutier, Chave, Krankl, and Ringland.  -- Rated 99 points by Robert Parker

Item: Wine-343704
Year: 2001
Producer: Clarendon Hills
Designation: Astralis
Varietal: Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Burghound: S. Tanzer 95
Wine Advocate: 99