Andrew Guard

2017 The Standish Shiraz, The Standish Wine Co.

This is the most structured and assertive of the Standish portfolio of ultra premium Barossa reds. The pithy, blackberry and plum-flavored palate delivers a rich, impactive array of ripe and powerful fruit. Raw and delicious. Try from 2023.‘natural’ feel than many Barossa Shiraz. It’s pretty bloody good. Drink 2018-2035.
94 points

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. Due to family upheaval this source is now gone but has been supplemented by various sites throughout the Barossa Region that he has identified as significant and unique.

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 special Australian wines made to the same exacting standards as the leading Rhone Valley estates in my portfolio.