From a prolific sixth generation Barossa Valley grape growing family, Dan Standish knows a thing or two about vines and the vineyards of the region. Harvest stints in California’s Napa and Sonoma valleys, La Rioja and Yecla in Spain coupled with extensive travel and study of France’s Rhône Valley reinforce his intricate local knowledge with a diverse international bent. The Standish Wine Company vintage cellar and barrel store is intimately designed to fully embrace and nurture the individuality afforded by clone, soil and aspect. Tiny open top oak fermentation vats allow single parcels – even single rows – to be vinified separately, enhancing the intricate personality of each specific soil profile.
It’s perhaps the most rugged and firm of the 2018 Standish releases, through I love it for that all the same. Lavish sticky, almost sandy open-weave tannin, saline, black cherries, a sage and mint perfume, plenty of crunch and energy, dried herb and black olive, roast beef, grip and length on a long cool finish. Feels ‘mineral’, savoury, and has a compact essence-like quality. No doubt it’s a beauty. Tightly packed and in need of cellaring. Tasted: May 2020; Alcohol: 14.9%; Price: $110.00; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2023-2040; Rated: 96+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Mint, sage and thyme accent blackberry and black cherry fruit in the 2018 The Schubert Theorem Shiraz. Full-bodied and rich without being heavy, it finishes tremendously long, with silky, cocoa-powder-like tannins. It should drink well for a couple of decades. Tasted: Nov 19; Drink: 2021-2040; Rating: 96-98 Points; Joe Czerwinski; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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