- ABV 14.9
- Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass
6 x Standish Lamella Shiraz 2021
6 x Standish The Standish Shiraz 2021
Lamella - 98+ Points - Erin Larkin “The 2021 Lamella Shiraz is made with fruit from the Angas family vineyard, Hutton Vale Farm, Eden Valley. The vineyard was planted with cuttings from the Mt Edelstone (Henschke) vineyard and represents the final pick of the season each year. Made with 100% whole bunches in the ferment, the wine opens with characteristic jasmine tea, bergamot, raspberry, graphite and star anise on the nose. The whole-bunch component, far from overtaking the fruit, is seamlessly integrated from the first instance this year. The wine is a cohesive whole and shows an elegance and presence that is beguiling, to say the least. If anything, the 2021 Lamella is full of aching potential; its future is writ upon the balance of fruit and skin/stalk tannin, freshness and density. For lovers of this cuvée, I cannot recall seeing it so balanced and poised on release. The 2018 (a vintage I reference constantly for its high quality and fruit presence) may challenge this statement, however the cool vintage that birthed the Lamella this year has produced a wine of definition and untold potential. Super.”
The Standish - 96 Points - Erin Larkin "The 2021 The Standish Shiraz was made with fruit from the Laycock family vineyard, Greenock, with 30% whole bunches in the ferment. The Standish Shiraz was the first cuvée launched by Dan Standish in 1999, and the wine is routinely typified by its muscular tannin shape and earthy, savory fruit. The most attractive part of this wine is the splay of exotic market spice (namely sumac, black pepper, star anise and fresh cardamom) that sails in on the coattails of the red/purple fruit. It has all the exoticism and romance of a hike through the mountains of Morocco, yet it, perhaps more than any other wine in the collection, speaks of the Barossa in a clear enunciated voice. So, where does it fit in 2021? The 2021 The Standish Shiraz is finer, prettier and lighter than I have ever seen it at this stage of its life. It has all the spice and Barossan identity that is expected; however, it misses the dense baritone of fruit that is present in earlier iterations. Whether you think that is a positive or not is up to you—I am fond of this wine throughout all its incarnations. Vintage variation is responsible for the spark of curiosity and joy that I experience every year during this release, and the real triumph in 2021 is the ability of the vineyard (this vineyard) to shine through the season that shaped it."
I love drinking wine and greet each, new Standish vintage with much excitement. It’s a special occasion which demands respect and preparation. I couldn’t imagine sampling the collection outside of my small office. I believe I create the conditions to truly appreciate each, new collection. I sit (admittedly on and off) with just the four wines – proper professional attention. Distracting surroundings are a non-event. Each wine takes hours to sample. Some / many will believe this is unnecessary however, I respectfully disagree. These wines are in their developing infancy and require several decades to provide a full picture.
Each wine constantly evolves which makes tasting notes accurate to the time of that event. Of course, there is nothing wrong with conveying that moment of time however, I have attempted to paint the fuller picture, albeit starting with the first chapter, the final one being written in full maturity – some 30-40 years from now.
2021 is a unique vintage and unlike any Standish wine I have sampled (bearing in mind we have sold several cuvees since the ’05 vintage). The vintage can be defined by breadth, depth, muscularity, precision, detail and a salty savouriness which waves a magic wand across the quartet. Collectors will delight in the knowledge that these wines will survive longer than the majority of those who purchase the vintage. Drinking windows are a pure guesstimate as I believe these wines will ultimately shut down – come back in 2030 and let’s see what’s unfurled with each cuvee…
The cuvees were decanted on the evening of Monday (27 Feb) and sampled Wednesday (1 March) yet, and now standard with Standish wines, they’re inclined not to show their true glory until they’ve spent a substantial time in the glass. Take II occurred on Thursday morning. My tasting notes are an amalgamation of both events and an unfathomable number of sips and swirls…
98-99 Points – Stuart McCloskey “In this case, the bouquet continues to be elusive and smoulders rather than leaps out. Compote-like, blue and black fruits, violet, overlayed with fresh pencil shavings, iodine, sea kelp, espresso, cooling steel, graphite, minerals, bergamot and peppermint oil. An intoxicating, heady fusion. The palate is incredibly dense (almost off the scale) – virtually chewable. Solid tannins frame the pure, ripe fruits. The palate feel is the archetypal ‘iron fist in a velvet glove.’ Sensual, powerful, tightly coiled and statuesque. With lots of aeration the wine’s rhythm unfolds to its own, wonderful tune. The flavour profile is extraordinarily pure – the core of fruit is off the scale. This is the perfect example of a wine that fans out and deepens to more notes of pastille fruits, blueberry compote and florals. An unremitting finish finally brings this great wine to a close. This will take at least a decade to develop and this is the reason my score errs on the modest side. Don’t let this put you off as this will ultimately be another magnificent ’21. Today, it’s reserved and it shows…
Dan Standish “100% Shiraz (with cuttings from Henschke’s Mt. Edelstone vineyard) and grown by the Angas family on Hutton Vale Farm, a place their family has tended now for generations."
2021 The Standish
98-99 Points – Stuart McCloskey “Dare I say it – even more aloof than Lamella. Nonetheless, mesmerising it is. In fact, I know of no other Aussie producer who conjures such thought-provoking aromas. I hate to use the term ‘intellectual’ however, it’s the correct word used in the correct context. Pinning aromatics down to deep aromas of Indian ink, graphite, cold steel, black liquorice and scorched spices. All aromas are wrapped in a salty brine casing – wonderfully marine. The palate treads the same, high-altitude path (you’ve got to work at it). The sweet entry is welcome relief before you are met with the solid structure – very muscular and super-dense. The palate interplays between deep, dark, blue and black pastille fruits – a little concentrated raspberry along with its tell-tale savoury style which is a prominent feature this year. The wine continues to flow harmoniously with crème de mûre, mulberry, violet, lavender, Indian ink. Similarly, to the 2020, there’s a noticeable briny, minéralité tone to all the fruit. Lots of succulence too along with a rich lacquer-feel. This will deliver decades of pleasure. For now, set-aside for at least 8-10 years.”
Dan Standish “From the Laycock Family Vineyard in Greenock planted in 2002 on ironstone gravels and schist over red clay and ironstone bedrock.”
Standish Lamella 2021 6x75cl & The Standish 2021 6x75cl - In Bond
Barossa Valley, Australia
Simply put, Dan Standish produces the best Shiraz to come out of the Barossa, hence our excitement to be Dan’s UK importer. A 6th generation Barossan, Dan Standish established his eponymous winery in 1999 whilst still working as winemaker at Torbreck Vintners. His endeavour initially began around an ancient parcel of Shiraz owned and farmed by his father... All batches of fruit are fermented and matured individually then follow a strict selection in the winery that can see as much as 80% of the original blend discarded and sold off in bulk. As with the finest producers in Europe only the finest material is sold under the Standish Wine Company label.
Dan is credited as being one of the most experienced winemakers in Barossa, not only for his incredible work at the great Torbreck winery but also working with his friend Jaysen Collins of JC’s Own, on their joint project Massena. He has also spent time honing his talents working vintages in both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California and Rioja in Spain, but his real passion developed through the experience gained whilst working in France’s Rhône Valley. The time in Rhône working with Shiraz, which Dan is almost unrivalled in his expertise with, and the techniques he learned there led to the creation of The Relic in which Dan co-ferments a small quantity of Viognier with Shiraz to create a wine that stands up to the very best in the northern Rhône.
Stylistically ... Dan's wines are as rich and profound as you would expect from Barossa Valley old vines, but they have a satin texture and dreamy perfume that sets them far apart from his contemporaries. Here, dark fruits are encased in cocoa and earthy richness but with gentle spice, soil tone, asphalt and a stony minerality that gives the wines a beautiful dimension. These are very special Australian wines.
The Standish 2016 wines cemented Dan’s reputation as one of Barossa’s greatest winemakers even further when several of his wines including The Relic and The Standish were awarded a huge 99 points by Robert Parker.com. Dan's reputation as one of the emerging greats of Barossa has recently been recognized when his wines were included on the list of The Barossa Super 100 Classification, the first ever regional classification, highlighting some of Barossa's very best and most sought after wines.
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