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2005 Clarendon Hills Syrah Astralis Clarendon
Producer: Clarendon Hills
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale
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95(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2007
($350) Glass-staining purple. A room-filling bouquet displays the full range of dark fruits, with exotic Asian spices, graphite, cured tobacco, lavender perfume and rose pastille adding complexity. Mouthcoating boysenberry and kirsch flavors are complicated by high-octane chocolate, candied licorice, vanilla bean and floral pastilles, with a bright cracked pepper quality adding lift. Supple tannins mount on the finish, adding structure but allowing the jaw-dropping fruit to shine through. If you have the means and the access, this is one to buy. (Wine Brokers Unlimited, Hayward, CA)