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Astralis 2010

Clarendon Hills

Case Format: 6x75cl

Max score: 100.0

Astralis, a wine of celestial proportions, hails from the heart of Australia, where the ancient soils of Clarendon give rise to a Shiraz of unparalleled depth and character.

Founded by Biochemist Roman Bratasiuk in 1990, this self-taught winemaker has had a marked impact on Australian viticulture. Employing low-yield single vineyards that include old vines of around 80-90 years of age, Bratasiuk’s philosophy is somewhat Burgundian.

Out of his 19 single vineyard wines, Astralis came to the market in 1994 as a rebrand of the previous Clarendon Hills Shiraz. It was instantly hailed a success and continues to be one of the estate’s most successful wines.

The grapes are all hand-harvested before undergoing fermentation in open-top fermenters, allowing for optimal extraction of flavours and tannins. The wine then matures in new French oak barrels for an extended period, often exceeding 18 months. This oak aging imparts structure, elegance, and a seamless integration of flavour.

In the glass, Astralis unveils a profound inky hue, captivating with aromas of dark berries, black cherries, and subtle hints of spice and eucalyptus. Its velvety tannins bend through flavours of blackcurrant, plums and dark chocolate.

With an ABV of 14.5%, Astralis represents the bold, full-bodied and intense Shiraz of which Australia is often famed.



Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Astralis is still quite primary eliciting aromas of black plums, blueberry compote and blackcurrant liqueur with a savory and baking spice undercurrent plus a fragrant whiff of violets. Very structured, fine and complex in the medium to full-bodied mouth, this wine is revealing much more than when I first tasted it a year ago and is now showing layer upon layer of black fruit preserves, mocha, toast and spices before finishing with great length. Extraordinary wine. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2030+.

James Suckling

Good yields, warm days and cool nights with even ripening. This has a complex nose with dried meat, wet earth, black truffle and black tea, together with ripe dark plums and blackberries. Sweet spices and hints of leather, too. The palate has a plush, supple and concentrated feel with good freshness of blueberry flavor. Cocoa and dark chocolate here, as well as rich dark plums. Hints of espresso to close. Complex and composed. Drink now.


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