2005 Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah Magnum (1500ml)
Was $1200, Now $850
The high point of Clarendon Hills winemaking. Totally opaque black crimson colour with black crimson hue. Perfumed nose of mocha, dark chocolate, violets and spice. The palate has that powerful Astralis quality, but is more elegant than examples from past vintages. Full bodied with flavours of vanilla, mocha, blackberry and dark chocolate, followed by a black pepper back palate. Mouthfilling. Fine grained tannins. Very spicy black pepper aftertaste.
Cellar 10-15 years (2017-2022)
A great classic, the inky/purple-colored 2005 Syrah Astralis is a 40-50 year effort. Although closed, it displays gorgeous but subtle notes of smoked meats, black currants, graphite, new saddle leather, truffles, and blackberries. Remarkably elegant for a wine of such power and intensity, this complex, rich, full-bodied, backward Syrah has totally absorbed its aging in 100% French oak, and appears set for a long life. If you plan on drinking it over the next 4-5 years, it will need 24 hours of decanting. It should be at its finest between 2012-2035.
Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
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.
Jay Miller - Wine Advocate #173 Oct 2007