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Cinematic Wines – Pt 6: A Space Odyssey via Astralis (and Sun Ra)


The final Cinematic Wine Series ends with a bang, a BIG BANG: Clarendon Hills Astralis 2002.

The tagline for the original Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey can equally apply to this amazing red wine from South Australia, Astralis:

Let the Awe and Mystery of a Journey Unlike Any Other Begin

Valued at £200 in London, this is an intense drinking experience now until 2050. Yes, you read right. Best drinking around 2025 – 2035, my friends.

What were you doing in 1988?

Not reading a blog on the internet, I bet. What do you think you will be doing in 2028?? Hopefully drinking Astralis (well, that is my wish for you anyway).

Kubrick’s idea of the future in 2001: A Space Odyssey has many hopes and fears about the future, and now, long after 2001, the film is beguiling for its foresight and ability to even imagine such ideas in 1968.

The same applies with Astralis.

Astralis is a lot more than Science Fiction. Like all the great wines, this is time and space travel in ideas and potential.

As this is all future for me at this point in time (!), I will leave you with the official tasting notes:

Astralis Syrah


2002 Clarendon Hills Astralis (Shiraz) (98-100)
The 2002 Syrah Astralis Vineyard is akin to midnight oil. A viscous, unctuously-textured, full-bodied wine of remarkable intensity that represents the essence of a particular varietal as well as vineyard, it will need 8-10 years before it begins to develop. It is a legendary Syrah that those lucky enough to taste in its prime (circa 2025-2035) will give the respect it most certainly will demand. Thankfully there are people in the wine world like Roman Bratasiuk who make wines for future generations as opposed to those that offer immediate gratification. But let none of us who care about quality dismiss the purists and non-compromising winemakers such as Bratasiuk who are trying to do something beyond what has ever been accomplished. This may be his finest wine to date. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050

Link: All 6 posts from Cinematic Wines Series in July