2010 Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Clarendon Hills 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. Robert Parker 100 Points, Drinking 2020 – 2030+
2012 Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah
Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2012 Clarendon Hills Astralis (Shiraz) starts off with complex, meaty and earthy aromas wafting around a core of blackberry preserves, preserved plums, and mulberries with hints of licorice, Chinese five spice and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the multi-layered flavors have very spicy accents and are framed by ripe, grainy tannins. It has a very long and elegant finish with hints of exotic spices. Robert Parker 98+ Points, Drinking 2025 – 2045+
2012 Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2012 Wynns John Riddoch is a deep crimson colour. Intense dark cherry, blackcurrant herb aromas with espresso, mocha notes. Inky rich, supple and classic with beautiful pure dark berry, mulberry, chinotto notes, fine grained tannins and underlying mocha oak. Finishes al dente firm with a long graphite plume. A beautifully balanced wine with superb freshness, texture, modulated power and vinosity. Outstanding. James Halliday 98 Points, Drinking 2032 – 2050.
2013 Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz
The 2013 Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz has a bouquet of red cherries and plum fruit flavours layered with cinnamon and nutmeg, dark chocolate and liquorice with hints of rhubarb and buttered toast.The full flavoured palate is packed with plums, black cherries, rhubarb and strawberries, with liquorice and milk chocolate filling out the mid palate. The wine finishes with great balance and elegance, and is characterised by rich dark chocolate, roast nut, vibrant acidity and firm structural grape tannins. These tannins give the wine excellent length and will become richer and soften as the wine ages, and will reward those who can cellar this release. Rated 96 Points, Drinking 2020 – 2028.
2013 Noon Reserve Shiraz
The 2013 Noon Reserve Shiraz is medium to deep garnet/purple in colour and has a youthfully mute nose exuding crushed blackberries and wild blueberries dotted with notes of cloves, pepper and anise. Big, voluptuous and full-bodied in the mouth, it has tons of spice, black fruit and savory flavors that are shaped by firm, grainy tannins and a long finish. Robert Parker 97 Points, Drinking 2017 – 2032.