clarendon hills, astralis, south australia 2005

clarendon hills, astralis, south australia 2005
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
99
WINE SPECTATOR
96

Critics' Scores

  • ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
    99
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    It delivers an ethereal bouquet of smoky oak, violets, espresso, black pepper, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Densely packed and tightly wound, all it needs is time. The wine is totally harmonious, impeccably balanced, and exceptionally long. When it fully unwinds, even my high rating will appear conservative. Its only competition comes from the likes of Guigal, Chapoutier, Chave, Krankl, and Ringland.

  • WINE SPECTATOR
    96
    Wine Spectator

    Supple, graceful and pointedly focused, offering a whoosh of blackberry, cherry, dusky spice and clotted cream character that zings across the palate, picking up hints of espresso and mineral as the finish rockets on and on. Impressive for its deceptive power and harmony.

  • WINE ENTHUSIAST
    95
    Wine Enthusiast

    Astralis has become one of Australia’s top collectibles, and Roman Bratasiuk’s 2005 version is once again top-shelf stuff. It’s full-bodied and rich without being over the top, balancing dark-chocolate-covered blackberries and blueberries with more complex savory notes (spice, grilled meat). While it’s a big, hulking wine at first, the finish shows great elegance and finesse, ending with silky tannins.

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