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Standish Wines

www.standishwineco.com

100 Barritt Rd, Lyndoch 5351 (PO Box 498, Angaston, 5353)

Cellar Door: Not

Ph: 0407 366 673

The Standish Wine Company, established in 1999, is the vehicle for former Torbreck winemaker, Dan Standish. An Adelaide University graduate, he has previously worked in the Somana, Napa Valley, Rhone and Rioja.

The wines, all old vine Shirazes, are massive, concentrated and inky coloured like Torbreck but with Dan’s twist on tannin extraction processes and arguably a better overall balance (time in the cellar will tell).

The core wine, The Standish is sourced from 1912 vines from the family vineyard at Siegersdorf Rd. The portfolio includes: The Relic Shiraz Viognier (from the family vineyard), The Schubert Theorem (from Marananga), The Borne Bellene (from Eden Valley) and the Andelmonde (Greenock). Their power comes from the fruit extraction rather than high alcohol or heavy oaking.

Standish wines were almost exclusively restricted to export markets or mail orders in the past but are just starting to be released in tiny amounts in the domestic market to premium wine stores.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Standish The Standish Shiraz 2015

Purchased: Not ($105)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, from 100+ year old vines in the Greenock sub-region, perfumed and concentrated but not overly extracted or tarry, pure blackberry, dark plum and other black fruits with anise, rose petals and smoked meat nuances, complex, minerally and brooding, firm and powdery tannins with acid structure for a long cellaring life (*****)

Standish Schubert Theorem Shiraz 2015

Purchased: Not ($105)

Drink:2028

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, from 100+ year old vines in the Marananga sub-region, perfumed and intense without over-extraction, blueberry, kirsch and redcurrant with liquorice, black pepper and sage notes, emerging gamy complexity, sub-regional ironstone and graphite minerality is evident, cedar/clove/cinnamon oak support, the tannin structure is quite fine but will last the distance (*****)

Standish The Standish Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2027+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, from 102 year old vines, very long and concentrated but not heavily extracted, perfumed blackberry and blueberry with pepper, liquorice and violet notes, some roast meat and savouriness in there but is still tightly packed, expansive chewy and grainy tannin, long lived style (*****)

Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier 2012

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, long, supple and medium-full bodied cassis and blackberry with anise, asian spice, lavender and apricot blossom notes, minerally with slinky tannins and sandalwood/vanilla oak (****1/2)

Standish The Andelmonde  Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($90)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2013, sourced from a single vineyard young vines in Greenock, very dense and closed showing clearly defined blackberry, plum and cassis flavours with herbal roast meat, pepper and liquorice notes, lovely multi-textured mouth feel without the heavy extraction of many Barossa blockbusters, there’s some of the sub-regional ironstone/graphite minerals although we can expect more of this as the vines roots get deeper, bedrock of chalky tannins, charry cedar oak and vibrant, twitchy acidity, alcohol is a modest 13.5% (****1/2)

Standish The Standish 2009

Purchased: Not ($100)

Drink: 2024+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, from the 1912 vines at the small family vineyard, very tightly wound at moment, dense black colour, very concentrated and tarry blackberry and blueberry with roast meat, liquorice, exotic spices and violet florals, the fruit depth and purity take this to the top of the pack, mouth-filling but pliant tannins are well integrated (*****)

Standish The Schubert Theorem 2009

Purchased: Not ($100)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, from the Schubert Vineyard in Maranga the western Barossa, concentrated, briary blackberry, kirsch and redcurrant with more pronounced herbal gaminess than The Standish and a touch of mint, the rich ironstone minerality of the sub-region also comes to the fore, some sweet cedar/cinnamon/vanilla oak is in there supporting the deep set fruit(*****)

Standish The Relic 2009

Purchased: Not ($100)

Drink: 2016+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, from the 1912 estate vines with about 4% Viognier co-ferment, perfumed and full bodied showing blackberry, plum, and cassis liqueur with lavender, apricot peel, mineral and liquorice notes, a touch softer with a more supple mid-palate with slinky fine tannins, some underlying gaminess will become more pronounced with medium cellaring, this is still a powerful wine in terms of fruit expression (the alcohol is a respectable 14.5%) , will be approachable well before its stable mates (****1/2)

Standish The Standish 2006

Purchased: Prince Wine Store ($90)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, from the 1912 vines at the small family vineyard, even with six hours decanting this was still very tightly wound and brooding, inky black colour, very aromatic, opulent blueberry, cassis liqueur and smoked meat with exotic spices and lavender florals, very pure and deep fruit expression with a touch of cigar box, rich minerality and a web of seamlessly integrated tannins (*****)