When to drink: 2018 to 2035
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.
Standish The Relic Shiraz-Viognier Barossa Valley 2016
A 6th generation Barossan, Dan Standish established his eponymous winery in 1999 whilst still working as winemaker at Torbreck Vintners.
He initially began with an ancient parcel of Shiraz owned and farmed by his father, later supplemented by various sites throughout the Barossa Region that he has identified as significant and unique.
All batches of fruit are fermented and matured individually followed by a strict selection in the winery that can see as much as 80% of the original blend discarded and sold off in bulk.