2013 was a most extraordinary vintage. An above average warm summer threatened to produce wines with high alcohol and a forced early pick lessening the phenolic development of the wines. What first appeared to be more bad news on top, an unusually wet system rolled in shortly before harvest threatening to wash out the vintage, but instead for those vineyards that could hold up, it allowed additional hang time and moderation of sugars to produce much more balanced and complex wines than otherwise would have been possible. Due to the naturally low yields at Luminous Hills, it is not always possible to make the Astra. 2013 was still not what one would call a normal yield, but by reducing the quantity of the “silver” label, and also by not making a Very Special Reserve, it was possible to make a small production Astra for the first time since 2009. The Astra utilizes a completely different set of blocks and clones than the LUX, emphasizing the 667 on Jory volcanic complemented by the 115 on sedimentary, producing an elegant, rich, penetrating and divine expression of the eastern portion of Luminous Hills.