Clarendon Hills Astralis 2011

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The pride of our portfolio, Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah has a deep black-purple crimson color that alludes to its aromas of boysenberry, forest floor and Asian spice and flavors ripe blackberry. An overall full-bodied wine, the Astralis is softened by silky tannins and a mouth-engulfing structure that sails on seamlessly to a long, lingering finish.

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.

It is a deep black-purple crimson color that alludes to its aromas of boysenberry, forest floor and Asian spice and flavors ripe blackberry.

Critical Acclaim

Wine Advocate 96 - The deep garnet-purple 2011 Astralis offers a nose redolent of Christmas pudding, allspice, mocha and anise along with a lovely core of prunes, black cherry preserves and dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with elegant, effortless fruit, with a medium level of finely grained tannins, just enough acidity, and a long and multi-layered finish. Drink it 2015 to 2030+.
 
 
James Suckling 93 - A cool, wet and late vintage, influenced by a La Nina weather pattern. This has red-plum aromas, together with a dry, woody edge with leafy notes, mahogany and dry-roasted spices. The palate is elegant and supple with earthy red fruit, such as plums and cherries. Nice definition and freshness. Drink over the next six years.
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