- ABV 14.9
- Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass
99 Points - Erin Larkin, RobertParker.com "The 2020 The Relic Shiraz-Viognier is made with fruit from the Hongell family vineyard in Krondorf, with 15% to 20% whole bunches in the ferment and 1% Viognier skins co-fermented. This is the best I’ve seen it. There’s something about the combination of the hot year and the diminished yields—it has recoiled and recompressed the Viognier on top of and into the Shiraz and brought them into balance/harmony. Beneath its floral and stone fruit guiles is a pool of savory, muscular, red-dirt Shiraz. There is bacon fat and pure berry fruit and spice for days… I’ve recently looked at a previous vintage of this wine alongside an older but immaculate Chateau d’Ampuis, and while their origins were clear in the glass, the Relic proved an Australian perspective more than relevant. The balance between the varieties—and the classic push/pull of sweet and savory—is more harmonious this year than in any I can remember, and the only thing I am more excited about when I consider this wine is what I will say next year, through the lens of an excellent, cool and elegant year. What a fine pair they will make."
98-100 Points - Stuart McCloskey “The sweetest and most delectable Relic I have sampled, and by far, the plushest out of the quartet. The bouquet is hypnotically calming and flows to the tune of menthol, graphite and Indian ink. The fruit is pastille-like, dense and supremely ripe. Wonderfully floral - Mediterranean herbs too. Brooding qualities – almost a sense of shyness. However, the palate delivers a sweet symphony of black raspberry, blue and blackberry fruits that have a distinct mineral tone to them. Redcurrant tartness, wild herbs (sage and dried mint), lavender and espresso provide a point of contrast to the richness. The satiny texture is heavenly. I enjoy the savouriness, the purity is beguiling and the glossy, almost viscous-waxy coating appeals. In short, this is superb (even at this stage). This is next-level, world class Shiraz (let’s be honest, they all are). Glory be… Decanted for 72-hours and sampled daily. 48 to 72 hours being the sweet spot. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Drink now (ideally wait 5 years) to 2050.”
Dan Standish "Opulent jasmine and lavender notes with hints of peach and rosemary. Vibrant, fleshy, crisp and crunchy in the mouth, butter and menthol with lingering subtle powdery tannin."
Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier 2020
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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