- ABV 14.9
- Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass
**Available for delivery End May 2022**
98 Points - Erin Larkin, RobertParker.com "The 2020 The Schubert Theorem Shiraz was made with fruit from the Roennfeldt Road vineyard in Marananga, with 70% whole bunches in the ferment. This is the only cuvée in the collection that sees any inclusion of a different maturation vessel: the northeastern corner of the vineyard goes into concrete, because it retains the pure blue fruit characters that so define the wine. When one considers the dirt that is in this vineyard (and I ask you, without dirt, just where would we all be?), when one sees its black, shaley sparkle, one can get a sense of what to expect in the wine. It is always the black, brooding beast of the pack, but there is always—and I repeat, ALWAYS—a core of very pure fruit at its heart. This year is no different, and it is encased in fine but structuring tannin. It soars long across the palate, and yet within it, this wine is elegant and pliable. If the Lamella is the intriguing, pretty wine, and The Standish is the savory powerhouse, then The Relic is the iron fist–velvet glove... which makes this the enigma. I cannot overstate how attracted I am to the prowling, slinking nature of it. The tannins here—of all the wines—have a blueberry skin gravel to them; they are chalky and fine and a little bit gritty… excellent. This is a sensation, in every respect. A hot contender for best wine in the release this year.
98-100 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Even after 72 hours in the decanter, the bouquet is a tough kitten to crack, or I do not possess the vocabulary to deliver justice. Insanely black in colour with an aubergine rim. Blackcurrant pastille, the darkest liquorice, black olive, exotic, sweet spice, crème de mûre, cassis, the minerality is smoke-tinged, chocolate (90% types), spiced fruitcake, star anise, espresso and layer-upon-layer of cooling graphite. Similar to the Lamella, this is a skyscraper of a wine with the structural mass and integrity to keep going for at least thirty years. It will need at least a decade to show some evolution – 15-20 years is more likely. Extraordinarily deep – bottomless to be specific, yet full of energy. Yet again, I am drawn to the suave, velvet-like feel of the Schubert Theorem. The richness and power are simply breathtaking as is its gracefulness, which sounds daft given the wines density and concentration. The dark, exotic flavours pulse across the palate along with chocolate, espresso and a smidgen of leather. I love the violet pastille, spice-cake and savoury herbs. The finish is, well, endless but flows to the tune of blood orange… The depth of the fruit shapes the wine whilst the firm tannins provide the framework. The most structured Schubert Theorem I have ever sampled. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
Dan Standish "Rich and smooth, dark and brooding, exotic five spice, graphite and blue fruits. Robust, building palate reinforced by solid red fruit structure. Firmly packed in flavours, vibrant and multifaceted."
Standish The Schubert Theorem 2020 (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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