2001 Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz - 99 pts - 750ml

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2001 Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah - 99 Pts!
The inky/blue/black/purple-colored 2001 Shiraz Astralis boasts an extraordinary bouquet of graphite blackberry liqueur espresso acacia flowers and licorice. Fabulously concentrated with a presence on the palate that must be tasted to be believed it possesses beautifully integrated tannin as well as enormous weight and richness but it is not over the top. Bratasiuk calls it his "Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque" and he's not far off. The Astralis is just denser and even more extracted.I have been a believer in Bratasiuk's top Shiraz cuvee Astralis since the first vintage. Made from 70-75-year old non-irrigated "bush" vines (head-pruned) this 600-700 case cuvee sees 100% new French oak and generally requires 4-8 years of cellaring. The 1996 tasted several months ago needed 48 hours in a decanter to unfold. It merited a score of 95+ but it should not be touched for another 8-10 years. Obviously this type of wine is not for everybody but if the winemaker's goal is to make one of the world's greatest wines Roman Bratasiuk has succeeded. For me it is one of the greatest two or three Australian Shiraz being made. Moreover it is a single vineyard offering not some creation of a giant corporation's committee. RP

Product Details

Varietal Syrah
Vintage 2001
Rating RP 99
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Location Clarendon
Producer Clarendon Hills
Color Red
Wine Type

Robert Parker

Rating RP 99 - 2001 Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah - 99 Pts! The inky/blue/black/purple-colored 2001 Shiraz Astralis boasts an extraordinary bouquet of graphite blackberry liqueur espresso acacia flowers and licorice. Fabulously concentrated with a presence on the palate that must be tasted to be believed it possesses beautifully integrated tannin as well as enormous weight and richness but it is not over the top. Bratasiuk calls it his "Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque" and he's not far off. The Astralis is just denser and even more extracted.I have been a believer in Bratasiuk's top Shiraz cuvee Astralis since the first vintage. Made from 70-75-year old non-irrigated "bush" vines (head-pruned) this 600-700 case cuvee sees 100% new French oak and generally requires 4-8 years of cellaring. The 1996 tasted several months ago needed 48 hours in a decanter to unfold. It merited a score of 95+ but it should not be touched for another 8-10 years. Obviously this type of wine is not for everybody but if the winemaker's goal is to make one of the world's greatest wines Roman Bratasiuk has succeeded. For me it is one of the greatest two or three Australian Shiraz being made. Moreover it is a single vineyard offering not some creation of a giant corporation's committee. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Syrah
Vintage 2001
Rating RP 99
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Location Clarendon
Producer Clarendon Hills
Color Red
Wine Type

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