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Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 1998

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Just beginning to emerge from a relatively dormant state, this prodigious wine was showing the best it has yet performed, suggesting again that Clarendon Hills wines behave more like European wines in terms of needing time in the bottle. The saturated blue/purple colour offers up notes of ripe black fruits intermixed with graphite, vanilla, mineral and spice. Extremely thick, with a viscous texture, good underlying tannin and acidity, and fabulous length (nearly 50 seconds), this is certainly a prodigious effort that is now living up to the fame and extraordinary quality of this vintage. Nevertheless, I thought the wine needed about five years of cellaring two years ago but now I tend to think it needs at least another 5-7 years of cellaring before it will begin to become an adolescent. It is a majestic, multi-dimensional, individualistic wine that certainly is world-class and undoubtedly profound. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030.

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Clarendon Hills:
Clarendon Hills is a small family run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. With a philosophy to convey variety expression at an ultimate level, hand performance of every task ensures each step of the process is exacting to specification. Making wine in an old-school, low technology fashion - each decision bases the sight, smell, taste and interpretation as its mechanics.

External Reviews for Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/07/2010

Bright dark ruby. Very fresh but brooding aromas of crystallized black raspberry, violet, dark chocolate, mocha and game. Rather closed and unforthcoming on the palate, but the wine's great depth of flavor and precision are already apparent. A step u... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 1998 Clarendon Hills Astralis (Shiraz) 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/28/2009

The 1998 Shiraz Brookmans Vineyard (900 cases), is a Hermitage-like wine. With a larger than life personality, high extraction, opaque purple color, dense, concentrated, peppery, cassis, mineral, and ... Robert Parker. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 1998 Clarendon Hills Shiraz Brookman Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
04/05/2013

Wine - red - 1998 - Clarendon Hills Shiraz Hickinbotham Magnum - Australien - Region: South Australia - Apellation: McLaren Valley - Syrah - 1500 ml.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 1998 - Clarendon Hills Shiraz Hickinbotham 3 liter - Australien - Region: South Australia - Apellation: McLaren Valley - Syrah - 3000 ml.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 1998 - Clarendon Hills Shiraz Astralis - Australien - Region: South Australia - Apellation: McLaren Valley - Syrah - 750 ml.


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Source: Luxurious Drinks
10/22/2014

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External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
10/22/2014

Wine red 1998 Clarendon Hills Shiraz Hickinbotham Magnum Australien Region: South Australia Apellation: McLaren Valley Syrah 1500 ml. Free Shipping Insurance


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Just beginning to emerge from a relatively dormant state, this prodigious wine was showing the best it has yet performed, suggesting again that Clarendon Hills wines behave more like European wines in terms of needing time in the bottle. The saturated blue/purple colour offers up notes of ripe black fruits intermixed with graphite, vanilla, mineral and spice. Extremely thick, with a viscous texture, good underlying tannin and acidity, and fabulous length (nearly 50 seconds), this is certainly a prodigious effort that is now living up to the fame and extraordinary quality of this vintage. Nevertheless, I thought the wine needed about five years of cellaring two years ago but now I tend to think it needs at least another 5-7 years of cellaring before it will begin to become an adolescent. It is a majestic, multi-dimensional, individualistic wine that certainly is world-class and undoubtedly profound. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030.

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