98 Points Robert Parker
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+.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. October, 2006
95 Points James Halliday
A wine of precision and distinction, with immaculate fruit, oak and tannin balance, a light year away from the original Astralis style. Whether the price is justified is a decision for the purchaser, but the closure is a real concern for long life (stained cork). Drink to 2015.
Source: James Halliday. September, 2007