The Standish Shiraz 2017
A satin texture and dreamy perfume that sets this wine far apart from contemporaries. Here, dark fruits are encased in cocoa and earthy richness but with gentle spice, soil tone and a stony minerality that gives the wine a beautiful dimension.
This is the most structured and assertive of the Standish portfolio of ultra premium Barossa reds. The pithy, blackberry and plum-flavored palate delivers a rich, impactive array of ripe and powerful fruit. Raw and delicious.
This is a special wine, among the very best being made in Australia today.
With its palate staining intensity, immense structure and magnificent richness, this wine draws comparisons to Penfolds Grange.
Pitch black dark purple core with a very deep dark purple black hue. Blossoming from the glass with compelling intensity are ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark plum scents that possess a sense of exoticism.
Hints of dark chocolate, toasty vanillin oak, subtle earthy leather nuances and spice ensue. Densely textured and boasting formidable power, sublime fruit richness is backed by chiseled, ironstone like tannins that never the less come across as velvet like due to the plush feel of the fruit.
Soaking the mouth are lavish blackberry, liquorice, black cherry and dark plum flavors which overlay a back drop of dark chocolate, vanillin oak, subtle earth and spice. Grange like concentration and structure with riveting length, finishing exceptionally long on the aftertaste.
The role that soil, site and aspect play is distinctly evident in each of these single site wines as they show their most unique tones to date.
Here’s what Dan said about the 2017 vintage: “The 2017 year saw a rarely lush growing season for our old vines, with decent winter-spring rainfall and a long, sustained ripening period. We’re seeing the vibrancy to match in these wines.
These bright, luscious Shiraz’s each reveal refined, multi-layers of graceful tannin; fleshy and distinguished. While unmistakably Barossa, this vintage carries an elegance akin to a Northern Rhone offering – an atypical shift resulting from a more modest variation of our renowned ‘blow-dry’ summer heat.”
Barrel de-classification took a leading role, bottling less than one third of production, retaining only the crème de la crème for the final cuvee.