Clarendon Hills 'Astralis' Syrah 2007

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A legendary Syrah! Astralis is the flagship of Clarendon Hills, one of Australia's (and the worlds) finest producers. This is a stunning, impressive display of dark fruit mingling with smoky, savory flavors in a perfectly balanced, full-bodied structure. Excellent!
97 Points - Wine Advocate!
"Aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, tar, underbrush, meat, licorice, and blackberry lead to a burly, masculine version of Astralis. It has tremendous grip, plenty of fine-grained tannin, layers of savory fruit, and 10-12 years of aging potential."
95 Points - WTSO Members!

Wine Ratings

97 - Wine Advocate!
96 - James Halliday!
95+ - Antonio Galloni!
95 - Wine Spectator!
95 - Wine Enthusiast!


Unit Size750.00 ML
RegionSouth Australia
Alcohol Content14.50%

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Clarendon Hills 'Astralis' Syrah 2007
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2007 Clarendon Hills Astralis
A Syrah Dry Red Table wine from Clarendon, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Review by Jay Miller
Wine Advocate # 186 (Dec 2009)
Rating: 97
Clarendon Hills’ flagship is the 2007 Syrah Astralis. It is an exemplar of what old vines and a great terroir can achieve in a less than great vintage. Aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, tar, underbrush, meat, licorice, and blackberry lead to a burly, masculine version of Astralis. It has tremendous grip, plenty of fine-grained tannin, layers of savory fruit, and 10-12 years of aging potential. Patience will be required. In a sign of the times, pricing for Roman Bratasiuk’s Clarendon Hills portfolio has been reduced by close to 50% across the board. Suddenly, most of the wines offer an excellent price to quality relationship. As usual, the Clarendon Hills wines are unblended, 100% varietal, sourced from mostly old-vine, ungrafted, single vineyards, fermented naturally, and bottled without fining or filtration. Only seasoned oak is used for the Grenache bottling, 100% new French oak for the Merlot and Cabernets, and 50-100% new French oak for the Syrahs depending upon the cuvee. There is a new addition to the portfolio, a Mourvedre sourced from 12-year-old vines and aged in 2-year-old French oak. The year 2007 was more difficult than the three that preceded it, marked by a 45-50% reduction in crop levels and elevated tannin from the resulting thick skins. As Bratasiuk notes, “Tight, drying tannin is the hallmark of the vintage.” Nevertheless, this is an impressive collection from one of Australia’s icon wineries. Importer: E & J Gallo, Modesto, CA;
By James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 
Clarendon Hills Astralis 
Rating: 96
Winery: Clarendon Hills
Variety: Syrah 
Vintage: 2007
Drink By: 2047
Date Tasted: 17 Mar 2011
Alcohol: 14.50%
Expected development of deep red-purple colour; the bouquet and palate are so complex and powerful, it is difficult to tease out any single components, but black fruits, licorice, tar, savoury spices, cedary oak are all in play. While full-bodied, the wine has good balance and length. The long cork is of high quality and perfectly inserted. James Halliday - Published on 11 Aug 2011
By Antonio Galloni’s Vinous Media
Clarendon Hills 2007 Syrah Astralis Clarendon 
Points: 95+
Country: Australia 
Grape Variety: Syrah/Shiraz
(100% new French oak) Glass-staining purple. Smoky, mineral-laced boysenberry and blueberry on the nose, with sexy oak spice and floral qualities coming up with air. Rich, fleshy and smooth, offering sappy dark fruit flavors and a wild array of floral and spice accents. For a rich wine this possesses uncanny balance. The endless, spice-accented finish features firm but harmonious tannins and leaves sweet vanilla, cola and dark berry liqueur notes behind. I'd stash this away for at least another five or six years. These vines were planted in 1920. Josh Raynolds, July 2010
By Wine Spectator
CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Clarendon 2007
Score: 95
Country: Australia
Issue: Jul 31, 2012
Rich and expressive, playing its gorgeous blackberry and currant fruit against notes of licorice, black pepper and charred meat, lingering effortlessly against refined tannins. Displays impressive depth and precision. Syrah. Drink now through 2019. -HS
By Wine Enthusiast
Clarendon Hills 2007 Astralis Syrah (Clarendon)
Points: 95
Designation: Astralis
Varietal: Syrah, Shiraz/Syrah
Appellation: Clarendon, South Australia, Australia
Winery: Clarendon Hills
Alcohol: 14.50%
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Category: Red
Importer: Wine Brokers Unlimited
To Web: 3/1/2010
By Joe Czerwinski
The 2007 Astralis impresses for its combination of power and nuance. It’s dark and almost tarry in concentration, but floral and bright at the same time. Layers of dark coffee and earth are balanced by red fruit, and although it’s full bodied and rich in texture, the finish introduces delicately herbal, tea-like notes. Best from 2014-2025. (3/1/2010) -95
By Wine & Spirits
92    Clarendon Hills    $350
Clarendon Hills 2007 Clarendon Astralis Syrah
2007 Clarendon Astralis Syrah Astralis is a wine of extraordinary concentration, extending beyond this critic's physical abilities to appreciate its breadth and massive scale. What I can perceive is its blackberry scent, the smoothness of its curves, and what I can appreciate is the fact that it's savory rather than sweet-with what one taster described as "devious tannin." I'll let you figure that one out for yourself. E & J Gallo, Modesto, CA
By Clarendon Hills
Astralis Syrah 2007
Technical Details
Varietal Content: 100% Syrah
Varietal Origin: Clarendon, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Alcohol Level: 14.50%
Cases Imported: 583 cases
pH: 3.70
About the Vineyard
Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. Founded by biochemist Roman Bratasiuk in 1990, the story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exceptional wine. Though never trained as a winemaker, Roman combined his scientific knowledge and artistic expression in the winery to create the single varietal wine portfolio of Clarendon Hills. Striving for pure vineyard and varietal expression, Clarendon Hills is dedicated to complex wines that rival the best in the world.
About the Wine
The pride of our portfolio, Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah has an opaque black color that alludes to its aromas of leather and mahogany and flavors of black cardamom and blackberry. An overall full-bodied wine, the Astralis is softened by silky subtleties of nutmeg and coffee éclair. The palate is decadent with a mouth-engulfing structure that sails on seamlessly to a long, lingering finish.
Viticulture Notes
The 2007 vintage in Clarendon was drier than usual, causing the vines to struggle and lowering overall crop yields. Harvest season was short and fast as the small berries and tight bunches ripened effectively under the late summer sun. The 2007 harvest resulted in well-structured and intensely concentrated grapes with tight, dry tannins.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes for Astralis were selected from low-yielding, dry-grown, pre-phylloxera vines planted in 1920. Planted in loamy, clay soils, we handpicked the grapes over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit. We used some whole berries in fermentation, which occurred in open-top tanks using wild yeast strains and varied maceration periods. All pressings returned to the barrel for 18 months of aging in 100 percent new, tight-grained French oak barrels. The wine was not fined or filtered prior to bottling.
[Information provided by Gallo]