Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz 2010 (6x75cl)

Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz 2010 (6x75cl)

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The Astralis vineyard produces the prestige cuvée of Clarendon Hills, and is one of the most sought-after wines in the world. Technically remaining the same since the conception of the estate in 1990, Astralis made its debut under that name in 1994. Previously known simply as Clarendon Hills Shiraz, Roman and his wife Sue felt that the wine deserved a name more befitting of its excellence - Astralis, "pertaining to the stars".

 

Clarendon Hills is blessed to be surrounded by a plethora of fantastic terroirs from which to source grapes, but Astralis has proved year-after-year to be one of the greatest on Earth. At a mere 4 hectares in size, the land is precious and production levels are very limited. As is to be expected from a winemaker guided by Burgundian philosophies, all the vines in Astralis are low yielding, yet again restricting supply. Barely 500 cases are produced each vintage - no great amount given the shocking demand.

 

Astralis was planted in 1920 and is composed of a topsoil layer of pebble-ridden clay with a subsoil of pure ironstone. These 100 year old vines grow on a gentle due-east facing slope and are now "farmed as they grow", meaning that Roman does not trellis them.

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  • Year 2010
  • Colour Red
  • Country Australia
  • Region South Australia
  • Sub Region NA
  • Designation
  • Classification
  • Pack Size 6x75cl
  • ABV 14.5°
  • Drinking Window 2014 - 2045
  • Drinking Recommendation Drinking Now, will improve
  • LWIN 100153220100600750
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Clarendon Hills

Something of a maverick estate found in the heart of McLaren Vale, Clarendon Hills is a small but influential family-run winery. Today, we are delighted to offer a small parcel of their leading wine - the utterly perfect Astralis 2010. Founded by Roman Bratasiuk, a biochemist by trade, in 1990, Clarendon Hills is a pioneering producer of Australian fine wine. This legendary estate is still shepherded to greatness by this self-taught winemaker, whose obsession with the great wines of the world has seen him produce one of them! Deciding to focus on single-vineyard cuvées in order to convey the incredible terroirs available to him, Bratasiuk is determined to allow his wines to convey a sense of place. Thoughts of monstrously sweet, extracted, mass-produced Aussie Shiraz should be as far as possible from anyone's mind whilst considering Clarendon Hills. They are simply sublime expressions of varietal and regions. The 1994 and 1996 vintages are in the "Greatest 1000 Wines of All Time 1727-2006".

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