Astralis 2015

$400.00

  • Description

    Colour: Black-purple crimson

    Nose: Lifted, charismatic and offering waves of youthful primary concentration and savoury complexity evolution in the glass right from the first moment of impression. Notes of game, roast meat, olive tapenade and pure blueberry quickly begin to nuance crushed rock and flinty characters, while a deeply recessed, brooding sense of sheer power and racy pungency is but a silhouette of its potential./ Hedonsitic.

    PalateDeeply recessed layers of smokey bacon fat and blueberry mingle with cigar tobacco, subtle Asian spices and lavender in what is a very delicate yet an unusually approachable palate style. Highly polished yet deeply recessed tannin hint toward an ultra fine boned structure with density and concentration of character. Savoury complexities like cherry skin, black olive and jasmine tea are magically folded away like origami within the fine boned structure, laced with natural acidity

    Alcohol: 14%

  • Reviews (3)
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    1. cru

      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+.

      100/100

      eRobertParker.com- Lisa Perrotti-Brown (February, 2013)

    2. cru

      Sourced from a single vineyard in the cool Blewitt Springs area of McLaren Vale, the vines over 90 years old; whole bunches and whole berries are included in the prolonged fermentation, followed by 18 months in 100% new, high quality, French oak; the extreme power of the palate is so effortless the wine has a touch of elegance that will emerge in the decades to come. Drink by 2045

      Date tasted: 24/12/2012
      Alcohol:14.5%

      97/100

      James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    3. Alex Bratasiuk

      2018 Wine Advocate

      The fitting capstone to what was a terrific vintage for Clarendon Hills, the 2015 Astralis Syrah is destined to become a McLaren Vale legend. Remarkably precise, complex and pristine aromas of anise, pepper, mint and blueberries lead the way. They’re followed by a full-bodied yet impeccably ripe palate that’s dense and concentrated yet supple, leading into a velvety, nearly endless finish. Wow..

      100 Points

      Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate Interim-September Edition 2018

  • Winemakers Notes

    REGION: Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale, South Australia

    CONDITIONS: Favourable winter rains were shadowed by bright sunny conditions in Spring. The healthy environment encouraged the vines to respond in retaliation to the prior vintages’ lowered crop levels. The vines shot fruit that looked healthy and was in abundance from day one. The consistent mild growing season saw fruit ripen earnestly. An unusual early veraison paved the way for continued steady development. Bunch thinning was looking a certainty but the vines pulled the fruit in to line and all fruit was evenly ripened and looked outstanding.

    WINEMAKING: Low yielding, dry grown, pre-phylloxera vines planted in 1920 are grown in loamy, clay soils. Hand picking took place over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit. Partial whole berry and whole bunch, wild yeast fermentation. Open vat primary with varied maceration periods. All pressings returned to the barrel.

    MATURATION: 18 months. 100% brand new, tight-grained French oak. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team. Bottled onsite without fining or filtration.

    GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Syrah
    CLOSURE: Cork
    BEST DRINKING: 20020-2050
    TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.0% VA: 0.55 g/Lt TA: 5.9 g/Lt pH: 3.55
    PRODUCTION: 9,100 Bottles
    WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk

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