In this Exceptional offer, you’ll save $200 on this twin-pack of the 2017 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange SA Shiraz and the 2013 Clarendon Hills Astralis McLaren Vale Syrah. Cellar one and serve the other or gift one and keep the other. Either way, it’s the best of both worlds.
Clarendon Hills Astralis McLaren Vale Syrah 2013 The Astralis Syrah is a wine of striking impact, kaleidoscopic complexity and energy. Dark liquorice, blackberry and mocha aromas, earthy bitumen and herb garden notes, slinky, fine tannins and integrated savoury oak are typical of the style. - Exceptional Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine 7th Edition.
Penfolds Bin 95 Grange South Australia Shiraz 2017 (Gift Boxed) This beautifully perfumed and concentrated wine is memorable for its intensely rich fruit, ripe tannins of shiraz and the complementary nuances of new, fine-grained American oak. The best vintages possess a lasting quality of more than 50 years. - Exceptional Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine 7th Edition.
Dark and inky red, this monumentally proportioned wine has all the hallmarks of a classic Astralis, the bouquet with an endless array of detail. The palate is plush and expansive with layer-upon-layer of inky fruit and powerful tannins. Needless to say, exceptionally long and powerful.`
96 points, Wine Companion (March 2016)
Very deep, dark, dense colour with plenty of purple in the rim. The bouquet is classic Grange, loaded with toasty-smoky-oaky scents of smoked-meats and toasted barrels, dried herbs adding an extra fragrance, and hints of five-spice, especially star anise. It's very full-bodied and concentrated, powerful and long-lasting, but the tannins are beautifully crafted and supple, harmonious, and avoid any suggestion of astringency. The core of the wine is lusciously fruit-sweet and delicious, the robe of tannin complementary rather than domineering. The finish is tremendously long and satisfying. I can enjoy drinking this now: not usual with a new Grange release. A quite magnificent wine and a great Grange. (Barossa Valley & McLaren Vale. Only the 7th Grange to be 100% shiraz. 18 months in new American oak hogsheads)
98 points, The Real Review (June 2021)
Full-bodied, creamy and rich, the 2013 Astralis Syrah lacks a bit of precision on the nose, but the palate delivers stunning layers of lush blueberry fruit, made savory by the addition of coffee grounds and black olives. Long and plush on the finish, it's a tremendous effort for the vintage.
95 points, Wine Advocate (September 2018)
One of those Granges that is immediately appealing. Is this the result of a long ripening period across the Barossa and McLaren Vale, the sources of fruit? Who knows, but there is definitely a case for thinking this is one of the more charming Granges to grace the table.
Impossibly deep purple, dense and moves slow in the glass. The scent is less fruit-inspired, more complex-driven: tight and focussed, everything is dark and exotic and malty and muscular. The palate comes therefore as a bit of a surprise. The sweet fruit rises to meet your lips; the violets and florals, the blackberries, blueberries, macerated raspberries, panforte, and oh so beguiling spice.
The 2017 is all about shiraz – no cabernet to be seen – and so it goes off down a shiraz lane of smoothness and near opulence, well, opulence is a relative term in the Grange vernacular, especially so early in the game. And then the tight tannins arrive on the scene, bringing everything together firmly, resolutely. Of course, having said all of that I am not suggesting we break open a bottle this year. But you can be confident to do it well before it reaches 10. It’s one hell of a charmer.
98 points, Wine Pilot