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2003 Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah
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- Cellar 30 - 50 years (2034-2054)
- ABV 14.8%
- Closure: Cork
A monument of a wine, which has not been made for elderly drinkers. This is a drink for future generations – the sort of wine that might be served up to commemorate your great judgment as a wine collector by your grand children. Matured in 100% new Burgundian Nevers oak. The 2003 Astralis is the tightest of the recent vintages and a perfect expression of the long slow low yielding ripening year. The Burgundian oak staves have been air dried for 3 years and fired over a relatively cool flame, avoiding any charry contribution to the flavour profile.
Totally black purple colour – a complete saturate. Magnificent nose of anise, violets, blackberry and spice. A wine with the tannin structure of the Piggott Range yet with the palate voluptuousness of the Hickinbotham. Explosive, mouth filling concentrate of black pepper, blackberry and white pepper. Fine firm tannins which are highly bound with the fruit. Again a triumph for Clarendon Hills and a definitive expression of Romans ability and obsession with winemaking, more than justifying Robert Parker’s lavish praises.
Cellar 30-50 years (2034-2054)
Alc/Vol: 14.8%RATING: 100/100VALUE: XXXXX/5
"Conditions of Astralis Indent Offer"
Please note our allocation of Astralis is based on 10:1 ratio of other Clarendon Hills wines we sell i.e. for every 10 cases of Clarendon Hills wines we sell, we have the opportunity to purchase 1 case of the Astralis. It is highly unlikely that we'll be able to satisfy demand for this wine. Therefore, preferential allocation of the Astralis will be given to customers who purchase other Clarendon Hills wines. If you're interested in purchasing this wine please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
A very limited number of Magnums are available – please register your interest.
Robert Parker's Review
The 2003 Syrah Astralis Vineyard stood out as a spectacular offering, possibly as good as the virtually perfect 2002. Its inky/black/purple color is accompanied by superb aromas of white flowers, chocolate, black fruits, and espresso roast. Full-bodied, unctuously textured, and gorgeously pure, it should be cellared for 5-8 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025+.
(Notes sourced from Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #155)
ROBERT PARKER'S RATING: (96-100) points