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Standish

Dan Standish is a Barossa Valley winemaker whom needs little introduction. This 6th generation Barossan winemaker, who cut his teeth at Torbreck, is n...

Dan Standish is a Barossa Valley winemaker whom needs little introduction. This 6th generation Barossan winemaker, who cut his teeth at Torbreck, is now making some of the Barossa Valley’s best wines, thanks to not only superb fruit sourcing but also his meticulous and understated winemaking style. His stunning winery follows these same lines of beauty and subtlety.

Dan’s winemaking style, coming after his work at Torbreck, initially come as a bit of a surprise. The Standish wines are far removed from the dense and opulent Torbreck style and certainly vere towards the more understated style of Barossa Shiraz. But what Torbreck and Standish share is a fine eye when it comes to fruit sourcing and a respect for old vines.

The Standish Wine company creates just four wines - The Standish, The Relic, The Schubert Theorem and Lamella, almost all Shiraz with just 2% Viognier in The Relic. Each is a single vineyard Barossan selection, with fruit sourced from the Laycock Vineyard in Grenock, the Hongell vineyard in Krondorf, the Schubert vineyard on Roenfeldt Road and the Hutton Vale vineyard in the Eden Valley.

It is a very simple formula but from these vineyards Dan Standish crafts the most astounding wines.They have traditional Barossan power but underneath Standish manages to coax layer after layer of super detailed fruit - which is evident even in young wines not requiring decades to emerge. They are almost Pinot Noir like in their silky texture and subtlety which is a triumph from fruit grown in the Barossa Valley. The wines are not cheap - but they are an absolute bargain and demand to be a part of every serious Barossa Valley cellar.

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