Quite possibly Australia's greatest Syrah!
Astralis Syrah, McLaren Vale 2000
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 Robert Parker
The iconic Clarendon Hills winery is widely considered the "1st Growth" of Australia. Since 1989, founding winemaker Roman Bratasiuk has propelled this small winery into the forefront of the ultra-fine wine scene. His simple philosophy of making “something equal to the best in the world” has lead to stunning 100% varietal wines that are hand-crafted without compromise and intervention - spectacular expressions of the grape and the terroir.