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2016 Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier

2016 Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier

Everything about Standish's 2016 The Relic Shiraz-Viognier is remarkable, starting with the ridiculous color. It's so dark, so purple, so vibrant. Then the nose boasts soaring florals and stone fruits, while the palate delivers fresh blueberries and dried spices. It's full-bodied but creamy-textured, with supple tannins and concentrated fruit that lingers on the plush finish. Just awesome stuff.
99 points - Joe Czerwinski

$105.00 Per Bottle

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  • The last of the behemoths...

    Dan Standish is finishing the year off with a flourish, having the final piece of his quartet of 2016 Barossa Valley Shiraz wines finally hitting the market. With 99 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, a cult following, and some very limited stock, this is going to sell out in a flash.

    The 2016 Relic Shiraz is kindly referred to as the 'bruiser' of the pack. Co-fermented with a small amount of viognier, it comes in at a whopping 16% alcohol. Like a great Amarone wine, however, the warmth is never felt, with a dense array of roasting spices, broth, blueberry, mulberry and cassis standing tall and proud, inviting the drinker into a heady concotion of mulled fruit and dense, inky tannins. 

    This is assertive stuff, and is the kind of wine that Australia and the Barossa should truely be proud of. It's wears the region as a badge of honour, with the sun-kissed, dry-grown ancient fruit and the brilliant guiding force of winemaker Dan Standish ensuring all you need for this world-class Australian wine. One day, Dan's going to come to his senses and charge a whole lot more for entry... so best jump on the bandwagon now.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Like Standish Shiraz, the grapes for this wine are sourced from the Standish Family Vineyard – A 98-year old block of dry grown, organically farmed Shiraz on Siegersdorf Road, Vine Vale, Barossa Valley. The vines were planted on their own roots in 1912 and soils consist of fine white sand over deep heavy red clay at 302m above sea level.

    TASTING NOTES

    In this case, the Shiraz is co-fermented with Viognier skins which end up comprising 2% of the blend. Fragrantly scented, taughtly structured and finely poised – this femme fatale represents the more reserved face of the Barossa. Delicately portioned and beautifully balanced its fragrant notes of acacia petal, crème de cassis and parfait amour are supported by an underlying swath of Szechuan pepper, Guatemalan cocoa and damp limestone. Supple, lithe and without any hint of ‘palate drag’, its youthful ease shouldn’t detract from the sea of promise it holds for the future.

  • REVIEWS

    'Everything about Standish's 2016 The Relic Shiraz-Viognier is remarkable, starting with the ridiculous color. It's so dark, so purple, so vibrant. Then the nose boasts soaring florals and stone fruits, while the palate delivers fresh blueberries and dried spices. It's full-bodied but creamy-textured, with supple tannins and concentrated fruit that lingers on the plush finish. Just awesome stuff.'
    99 Points - Joe Czerwinski (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate)


    'Dark chocolate, floral, some grilled meat and spice, with ‘purple’ fruit may be the best way to describe it, and maybe some ground coffee. Full bodied, quite silky and plush, with fine but insistent tannin, a pretty perfume wafting in with the meat, and that slight white wine taste that Viognier can add to a wine. Finish is pretty long, with emery tannin pushing it out very nicely, though there’s a little burr from alcohol warmth which detracts. It’s an excellent wine, though perhaps the least of the four Standish releases for my tastes.'
    94 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front