Clarendon Hills

Astralis Syrah

9.3219 ratings
9.449 pro ratings
Clarendon, Fleurieu, South Australia, Australia
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.4

Just a few pics of the wines from last night’s monthly 4th Friday. Too many bottles to try!

Big boy! Massive wine still. Dense and chewy. Wafts from the glass with blackberry jam, fig, nutmeg, and peppercorn covered dates. Powerhouse on the palate. Sweet oak (but not too much), blueberry and blackberry cobbler, espresso beans, and a gripping finish. Hold, but this is solid with a decant. Still improving.

Just a few pics of the wines from last night’s monthly 4th Friday. Too many bottles to try!

Big boy! Massive wine still. Dense and chewy. Wafts from the glass with blackberry jam, fig, nutmeg, and peppercorn covered dates. Powerhouse on the palate. Sweet oak (but not too much), blueberry and blackberry cobbler, espresso beans, and a gripping finish. Hold, but this is solid with a decant. Still improving.

Oct 26th, 2019
Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!


I’ve had a few Clarendon wines but never their Astralis. Time has been kind and has shed the baby fat off of this wine. It’s still ripe (slight hint of VA) with baked mixed berry pie, fig and Andes chocolate mint aromatics but it didn’t hit you in the face. Dense, but the 3-4hr slow ox softened the profile. The palate showed cherry liqueur and blackberry jam with notes of bay leaf and cinnamon. Only the faintest hints of herbal/savory notes showed on the finish.

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!


I’ve had a few Clarendon wines but never their Astralis. Time has been kind and has shed the baby fat off of this wine. It’s still ripe (slight hint of VA) with baked mixed berry pie, fig and Andes chocolate mint aromatics but it didn’t hit you in the face. Dense, but the 3-4hr slow ox softened the profile. The palate showed cherry liqueur and blackberry jam with notes of bay leaf and cinnamon. Only the faintest hints of herbal/savory notes showed on the finish.

Oct 10th, 2019
Tobin Trevarthen

A wonderful experience. Dense and tannins still present. Dark cherry. Figs. Just a complete package worth investigating.

A wonderful experience. Dense and tannins still present. Dark cherry. Figs. Just a complete package worth investigating.

Aug 5th, 2019
Bob McDonald

Rich decadent old vine aromas Blackberry, Herbal Prune and Liquorice aromas. In a blind tasting this screams old vine Australian Shiraz. From 95 year old vines planted in McLaren Vale. Full bodied, balanced with silky smooth Tannins. One of 22 wines in the Langtons Exceptional Category along with the usual suspects like Grange and Hill of Grapes. I have tasted this wine before but this is the first bottle I have shared. Not easy to find even in Australia but worth seeking out.

Rich decadent old vine aromas Blackberry, Herbal Prune and Liquorice aromas. In a blind tasting this screams old vine Australian Shiraz. From 95 year old vines planted in McLaren Vale. Full bodied, balanced with silky smooth Tannins. One of 22 wines in the Langtons Exceptional Category along with the usual suspects like Grange and Hill of Grapes. I have tasted this wine before but this is the first bottle I have shared. Not easy to find even in Australia but worth seeking out.

Jul 7th, 2019
Bob Halifax

Very pleasantly surprised. Still wonderful balance of tannin, fruit & acidity. Telling that this was an Aussie Syrah (and not Shiraz). Can’t think of anything to detract (except that I had to share with two others).

Very pleasantly surprised. Still wonderful balance of tannin, fruit & acidity. Telling that this was an Aussie Syrah (and not Shiraz). Can’t think of anything to detract (except that I had to share with two others).

Nov 11th, 2018
Nick Demos

Magnum

Magnum

Nov 14th, 2017
Tom Kobylarz

Not your everyday Syrah (not Shiraz), one of the icon wines from Australia. The Astralis is an ode to the Northern Rhone, while still certainly Australian in character. Nothing like the late 90s and early 00s flame outs of massively ripe and oaked wines. While the nose seemed a little reticent, the underlying texture and full body were kept in check with a good underpinning of acidity and freshness. Plenty of raspberry, meat and subtle spice fan out over the palate. Plenty youthful still and should go another 10 years easy.

Not your everyday Syrah (not Shiraz), one of the icon wines from Australia. The Astralis is an ode to the Northern Rhone, while still certainly Australian in character. Nothing like the late 90s and early 00s flame outs of massively ripe and oaked wines. While the nose seemed a little reticent, the underlying texture and full body were kept in check with a good underpinning of acidity and freshness. Plenty of raspberry, meat and subtle spice fan out over the palate. Plenty youthful still and should go another 10 years easy.

1 person found it helpfulDec 7th, 2015
Richard Young

Wine Specialist Christie's

9.0

Refreshing acidity... Still a bit sweet/ripe for me

Refreshing acidity... Still a bit sweet/ripe for me

1 person found it helpfulSep 4th, 2015
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.4

Elegant and spicy with integrated oak, lively perfume and dark fruits, ripe but not overtly so. Nice tannins grip on the vivid finish.

Elegant and spicy with integrated oak, lively perfume and dark fruits, ripe but not overtly so. Nice tannins grip on the vivid finish.

1 person found it helpfulMay 4th, 2015
Martin G Rivard

@David A Lentine @Ron R "I get by with a little help from my friends!" I brought both of you to the keys with us! The weather is crap but the wines are awesome!!
Opened this beauty and what a fierce beast it was. Took us a while to tame it. We enjoyed 1/2 the bottle last night and could not get through it. Revisited the next day & It just now opened up. This one is a Rockstar. Incredible transformation with a day of air. It began closed and very focused. Oil spill dark with a singular note of dark fruit on nose. 12 hours later is a completely different story!!! It's now a beautiful orchestra with Floral notes, Leather, earth and a finish that goes on forever. Incredibly deep, lush and oh so smooth at this time. I would have given this a 9.3 when it was initially tasted but will now score 9.9.

@David A Lentine @Ron R "I get by with a little help from my friends!" I brought both of you to the keys with us! The weather is crap but the wines are awesome!!
Opened this beauty and what a fierce beast it was. Took us a while to tame it. We enjoyed 1/2 the bottle last night and could not get through it. Revisited the next day & It just now opened up. This one is a Rockstar. Incredible transformation with a day of air. It began closed and very focused. Oil spill dark with a singular note of dark fruit on nose. 12 hours later is a completely different story!!! It's now a beautiful orchestra with Floral notes, Leather, earth and a finish that goes on forever. Incredibly deep, lush and oh so smooth at this time. I would have given this a 9.3 when it was initially tasted but will now score 9.9.

Oct 28th, 2016