The top notch 2004 vintage in McLaren Vale has yielded a deeply concentrated muscular Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah, showing deep-set blackberry fruit, notes of fruit-cake and savoury spice underpinned by cedary oak and plentiful ripe tannins. Rich and full bodied, it has the concentration and intensity to age easily for two to three decades. Drink now-2030.
A wine of precision and distinction, with immaculate fruit, oak and tannin balance...
95 points, Wine Companion
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 colour, 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+
98 points, Wine Advocate, October 2006.