June 12, 2019 - This wine is amazing. Old world Syrah feel. Loads of complexity and depth. Structure to age for years to come. Iresistable right now.
January 27, 2019 - This wine is huge. Dark red to the rim, it balances powerful dark fruits with pepper, leather, and spices. The tannins are still very present, although the wine is not hot. Alcohol is restrained in the wine. While it can be consumed now, I suggest giving it another 5 years for the tannins to subside. The wine will then deserve a higher score.
December 31, 2018 - no score as we opened this at the end of the NYE celebration and my taste buds were shot.
December 30, 2018 - Big and ripe, but incredibly balanced. Still could use a year or two in bottle for me. Fascinating to see where it heads. It’s a bold beast right now, wearing an ill-fitting tuxedo.
December 21, 2018 - Friday Tasting Group: My 1st "Killer Bar" (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): N: RIPE with a distinct smokiness, maybe mocha?
P: LM body; NICE frt met by an puckerish astringency which transitions into a very LONG finish with a bitter/swtness to the dusty tannins. NEEDS a bunch of time (4 yrs, guessing?), then making its 20th. My EXC+, Exceptional- eventually? 97 pts WA, 95 Jeremy Oliver, 94 ea Huon Hooke, WS, & WE, 92 Wine & Spirits, and 91 The Wine Front!
Note: I found this MORE approachable on 12/23/2017.
April 20, 2018 - A true classic Syrah - deep purple with good acidity, very balanced brimming with plum and berry. Long finish with great depth and subtle undertones of cedar and tobacco. The ‘08 is in a good place with some years to go. Paired with lamb chops and jerk chicken. A great Aussie representation and definitely a star.
December 23, 2017 - Winebar [8 HIGH end Reds & 2 Shared Bottles] from 12/22/17 (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): N: RIPE, smoky, cured meats; Rock candy [THANK you, budosyu] with air/swirling
P: Med body; Rndish entry with INTENSE, ALMOST swtish frt met by a balancing acidic astringency which SLOWLY, SEAMLESSLY evolves into a VERY LONG, TANGY/swt finish with notes of spice & very, VERY fine tannins. APPROACHABLE now with food, this DESERVES until mid '20, I'm guessing, then POSS making its 20th? OUTSTANDINGLY done! :) 97 pts WA, 95 Jeremy Oliver, 94 ea Huon Hooke, WS, & WE, 92 Wine & Spirits, and 91 The Wine Front! [This vendor's $139.95 is as good as anything I could find on wine-searcher.]
Addendum: I found this LESS approachable on 12/21/2018.
October 27, 2017 - Enjoyed with Mike and Robin.
Opened 2 hours before enjoying
Dark purple almost opaque
Nose changes as it was open longer
At first fruit dominant with dark berry, pine and as it was open a hint of funk/ forest floor.
Big fruit on the palate with great complexity and long finish. Drink now this 2008 is in a good spot
September 15, 2017 - Also from a mag. Very Aussie and not necessarily int he good way. You can get the alcohol. Like a berry stew a bit. There's some interest there, but next to a Grange it is just not in the same league.
June 9, 2017 - If you want to experience different styles of Shiraz from Australia, try a Mollydooker Carnival of Love and an Astralis. I enjoy both, but while the Carnival of Love is a fruit-forward, full-throttle wine, Astralis is a restrained, balanced, even subtle wine. I prefer this by itself as opposed to paired with food. Beautiful dark fruits, layers of flavor, and a long finish highlight this wine, with no harshness on the nose or palate. It seems a little better integrated and a bit livelier than it was two years ago.