Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ Clarendon Hills is the living vision of one of the world's greatest Shiraz winemakers, Roman Bratasiuk. The dream was realised in 1990 and is now home to some of the most outstanding and hard to get single vineyard wines in Australia.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
"The flagship of Clarendon Hills is the 2006 Syrah Astralis Vineyard. It is holding more in reserve but when it has fully blossomed in another 10-15 years my score may appear conservative. Roman Bratasiuk's Clarendon Hills is one of the world's great wine estates. The wines are all 100% varietal, produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, and Syrah. The vineyards are all ungrafted, planted on their own roots, most of them with very old vines. Only French oak is utilized, seasoned barrels for the Grenache, 100% new for the Merlot and Cabernets, and 50-100% new for the Syrahs depending upon the vineyard. The wines typically spend 18 months in oak prior to bottling without fining or filtration. All of the above 2006 bottlings were reviewed from barrel samples in Issue 173. The vintage was an excellent one, not quite as exceptional as 2005, but there may be cases in which selected 2006s may eventually outshine their 2005 counterparts. All of the 2006s fell within their predicted ranges (mostly near the high end) so I will keep my comments brief. Clarendon Hills 2006 Syrahs are superb."
WINE ADVOCATE 99 POINTS! Jay Miller, Wine Advocate # 181, Feb 2009
"Sumptuous, sensual and hedonistic, this definitive expression of ripe, concentrated McLaren Vale shiraz leaves nothing to the imagination. Dense and smoky, its heady bouquet of brambly dark fruit, smoked meats, pungent oak and exotic spices precedes a luscious palate deeply stained with black and blue fruit and effortlessly balanced by a powerful but pliant extract of fine tannins. It finishes slightly warm, with a remarkably persistent core of fruit backed by lingering nuances of licorice, mint, menthol and five spice."
JEREMY OLIVER 97 POINTS!
Winery Tasting Notes
The Astralis is the flagship wine in the Clarendon Hills portfolio, and while this vineyard is not treated any differently to the others, it garners the most worldwide attention due to its incredible expression and timeless elegance. From an Easterly aspect and planted on a 45 degree ascending slope, Australis has phenomenal varietal length and will repay the patient cellarer for more than 15 years.