2004 Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah
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This is a restrained, brooding Astralis. Opaque black purple colour with purple hue. The nose is perfumed with a degree of restraint, only gradually yielding its splendour. Aroma of liquorice allsorts, blackberry and violet infusions. The palate is again refined and tight, showing very good complexity but without the explosive power and super concentration that the 2003 delivered. Flavours of plum, cherry and stewed fruit emerge. Very fine grained tannins, well balanced to the fruit. Very long aftertaste of plum, black cherry and stewed fruit.
Cellar 10-15 years (2016-2021)
One of Australia’s most prodigious Syrahs, Clarendon Hills’ 2004 Syrah Astralis 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+.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #167 (Oct 2006)