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. From his early, formative days working for Torbreck and stints doing harvest in California's Napa & Sonoma Valley's, Rioja and the Rhone Valley, Dan settled back into the Barossa and begun his adventure, starting his eponymously labelled winery. Since the early days, Dan has cemented himself as one of Australia's greatest winemakers, and the absolute goto producer of all things modern Barossa (where elegance and impact come from the preciscion of the fruit and the terroir, rather than winemaking edifice).
Here it is. The stalwart wine from Dan Standish's troupe of excellent cult releases. Sourced this year from a vineyard on Parb's Road in Greenock, this release is a tour de force of concentration and wound up energy.
As always there is a vitality to Dan's wines, and this vintage is no shrieking violet. Exuberant fragrant nose, with lavender, violets, charcuterie and smoked coals. The tannins are what makes this wine the best... it's just seamless, but the draw down and length is memorable. Dan, take a bow, this is another fine release and will challenge any Australian wine, across all price points.
100% Shiraz, sourced from the Laycock Vineyard on Parbs Road, in Greenock. Planted on roots in 2002, over ironstone gravels and schist/dark red clays at 314 metres above sea level.
Organically farmed, with its roots set deep in fragment ironstone and schist.
Dense, latent and strapping, this flaunts the flawless purity. Tightly wound with its cards close to the vest, deep-set aromatics of coal, pressed currant and black truffle are foiled by redolent tones of tilled soil, beef broth and slow roasted meats. Dark and brooding with immense concentration, persistence and energy it is gently laced with a long fine cloak of silken tannin. More reticent than its stable mate, it shows wonderful staying power for those with immense patience and cool, dark cellars.
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.