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This pack is led by the sumptuous, sensual, hedonistic (and mature) Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2006 – Langton’s Classified ‘Exceptional’ – and the other five wines keep up the standard.
All but one are from the Shiraz heartlands of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale and they have Halliday ratings of between 94 and 99 points. (The Halliday Wine Companion tasting team hasn’t rated the 2006 Astralis, but it received 99 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.)
Our Halliday Exclusive 6 Bottle Shiraz pack includes one bottle each of…
Schild Estate Moorooroo 2016
‘...glorious jigsaw puzzle…’ - 99 points, Halliday
Mitolo G.A.M. 2015
‘...lavish and luxuriant…’ - 95 points, Halliday
Hardy’s HRB D676 2016
‘...plenty of depth and complexity…’ - 95 points, Halliday
Clarendon Hills Astralis 2006
Langton’s Classified ‘Exceptional’ ‘big, rich, and powerful…’ - 99 points, Parker
Hobbs Gregor 2016
‘Little caress. Sheer grunt.’ - 94 points, Halliday
Heirloom Vineyards 2017
‘...unfolds a velvet-trimmed palate…’ - 95 points, Halliday
The number of packs available is strictly limited.
*Value based on the ‘price when tasted' field supplied with wine reviews on winecompanion.com.au. Savings are calculated using the 'price when tasted' value minus sale price. This ‘price when tasted’ value has been calculated based on bottle prices supplied by each individual winery at the time of tasting, and where relevant takes into account exchange rate.
...the 2006 Astralis has a stunning nose redolent of warm blackberries, meat, toast and charcoal, infused with notes of smoked duck, anise and a slight bit of peat. Though still very youthful, this big, rich, and powerful full-bodied wine has firm yet velvety tannins, a vibrant acid line and is very long on the finish. Drink it now to 2026+
99 points, Wine Advocate, February 2014.
A lavish and luxuriant wine effortlessly presenting a ripe, soft tannin basket of red and black fruits of every description. Oak also plays a role, but of lesser moment than the fruit, tannins and bitter dark chocolate flavours.
95 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2018.
Bin D676. A three-way regional blend from McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and the Pyrenees, the best of each create a complete whole. Excellent dark purple-black hue; just the right amount of spice, dark fruits, perfume and flavour. Surprisingly medium-bodied, although plenty of depth and complexity, with finely chiselled tannins and a persistent finish. Best of all, savoury rather than just fruit-driven.
95 points, Jane Faulkner, Wine Companion, January 2018.
What this lacks in terms of the lifted exotica of the 1905, it makes up for in terms of heft and palate-staining brio. Liquorice straps meet star anise, cardamon and kirsch, to soused plum flavours. The finish drives across the palate. Little caress. Sheer grunt. Cinnamon-glazed oak is impeccably placed, with bitter chocolate lingering.
94 points, Ned Goodwin MW, Wine Companion, August 2019.
Vines planted 1847, bunch and berry-sorted, 4 days cold soak, 12-day ferment, some additional time post-ferment, matured in French (90%) and American (10%) oak, (30% new). Deeply coloured, the mouthfeel is part velvet, part succulent, the softness of the tannins part of the same glorious jigsaw puzzle wine of a different kind. It's too much to ask of a cork I suppose, this one isn't great.
99 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2019.
The dense crimson hue tells you a rich and complex bouquet and palate will follow, and so it does. It unfolds a velvet-trimmed palate redolent of black fruits, plum and a savoury finish to provide length and balance. The tannins are unexpectedly fine.
95 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2019.