clarendon hills, astralis, south australia 2006
WINE SPECTATOR
98
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
99

2006 clarendon hills, astralis, south australia

Why We're Buying

Astralis is best lived, not explained. If you don't have a bottle of this 100-point shiraz in front of you, know that it is the high watermark for Southern Australian winemaking. The Premier grand cru-caliber cuvée only yields 500 cases per year, with bottles retailing well into the triple digits.

Critics Scores

WINE SPECTATOR
98

Wine Spectator

A big wine, but amazingly supple, graceful and pure, offering cascades of wild blueberry, black cherry and plum fruit that play against spices such as cardamom, clove and black pepper. It's all seamlessly integrated with fine tannins and enough creamy oak to complete the picture. Syrah. Drink now through 2020.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
99

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2006 Astralis has stunning nose redolent of warm blackberries, meat, toast and charcoal, infused with notes of smoked duck, anise and a slight bit of peat. Though still very youthful, this big, rich, and powerful full-bodied wine has firm yet velvety tannins, a vibrant acid line and is very long on the finish. Drink it now to 2026+.