Stuart McCloskey "The Majella sparkling Shiraz has a lovely mousse / palate feel and sings loud and proud. The base wine is matured in 2nd and 3rd use French oak hogsheads for 5 months before secondary fermentation. The wine is on “lees” for 12 months and using méthode traditionnelle, the bottles are hand riddled, then disgorged with a small dash of vintage port. Personally (if I should declare this), I much prefer Majella’s fizz over Wild Duck & Hentley Farm."
Winemaker "Vibrant, unmistakably Coonawarra to smell and taste, bursting with flavours of blackcurrant, mulberry and herbs, and fine, elegant and juicy in the mouth. The wine is quite low in oak, with just a smidge of vanillin showing faintly on the mid palate, but otherwise the brambly, blackcurrant flavours demand all the attention. Fine silky tannins integrate with the fruit and minimal oak treatment to produce an approachable well rounded wine with an extended length."
94-95 Points Stuart McCloskey "The bouquet is incredibly floral following the initial pour, and then invites you in with a warming hug of blackberry, clove, anise, mint, toast and warmed Barossa earth. The palate is swish, generous, and super-sexy for the money. The sheer length boosts the value. Blue, black, and red berries intermix fabulously with an open and silky texture. Overall, a wine which overdelivers (as it should given the winemakers behind the label) and leaves you with a big sigh of quaffable satisfaction. Ready and waiting but certainly has the quality to age for 5-8 years. Decanted for 2-3 hours and served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
Special edition cases - each bottle is signed by the winemaker
The first Six Origins project release from the extraordinarily strong 2018 vintage focuses on the Barossa’s hero – Shiraz. Six winemakers have each been charged with producing a wine that presents as a distinctive expression of Barossa Shiraz determined primarily by its origin. True to the spirit of Artisans of Barossa, decisions around vineyard selection, picking date and winemaking practices remained the privilege of the winemaker, but each wine was most definitely crafted to ensure the final result is a pronounced reflection of its vineyard origin.
98-99 Points - Stuart McCloskey "The bouquet is nothing short of stunning. The aromatics are simply breathtaking and leave you feeling rather emotional. Notes of marine, lavender, Provençal herbs weave beautifully with blueberry compote and liquorice. The palate feel is wonderfully silken and the fruit, ripe & sweet, which caresses every facet. The layers build and build with waves of dark plum, cherry, black raspberry – the acidity and oak components adding a lovely framework. A wine which offers lift and energy in abundance. There isn't much else left to say, except for this is utterly magnificent and will leave many speechless… Decanted for 3.5 hours and served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Drinking window from 2020 to 2050." Tasted 06.05.2020
Joe Czerwinski (RobertParker.com) "Sourced from a vineyard not far from the winery in the Light Pass subregion of Barossa Valley, the 2018 Andelmonde Shiraz boasts lovely raspberry perfumes and gentle herbal nuances of mint and black tea. Full-bodied and creamy-textured, with a long, silky finish and mouth-watering acids, it's another fabulous effort from Dan Standish."
99 Points - Stuart McCloskey "The bouquet is exceedingly floral with a strong marine influence. Warm earth, espresso, violet, mineral, lead pencil, and mint are just some of the components which create the glorious and ever evolving bouquet. There is more structure from the acidity and tannins which keep the voluptuous, ripe, and supremely concentrated black fruits in perfect check. Ethereal in weight. Fine boned with an immense future ahead of itself. Not as amiable as the Andelmonde but this is precise winemaking aligned with nature itself. The finish is epically long. Drink before bed (do not clean your teeth) and you’ll be tasting it when you rise. Just incredible. Truly so. Decanted for 3.5 hours and served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Drinking window from 2020 to 2050++." Tasted 06.05.2020
100 Points - Stuart McCloskey "The perfume is incredibly complex and difficult to pin down. Certainly exotic, super-intense and fills your olfactory senses with one hell of a wave of dark red / blue fruits (black raspberry liqueur) sweet spices and a wild-floral character. The palate is sensual, supremely elegant, and without one single flaw – far too moreish making returning the glass to the tasting table very difficult indeed. The fruit saturates your palate, but and from the very first sip, the level of poise is breathtaking. Less powerhouse and more ethereal brilliance. Deeply impressive and perhaps my favourite out of the collection. Decanted for 3.5 hours and served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Drinking window from 2020 to 2050++." Tasted 06.05.2020
100 Points - Stuart McCloskey "The perfume is incredibly inviting, opulent and builds in the glass like a skyscraper. The nose is deep, dark, and brooding with a lovely lick of mineral and liquorice in the background. There’s an attractive savouriness to the fruit and edges towards Lamella for its structure. The depth of flavour is extraordinary and offers incredible intensity without any heaviness which is such a skill. The fruit is luxurious, and mineral laced with a touch of spiciness to provide some lift. Texture akin to silk with juicy acidity and fine tannins adding shape to the wines overall presence. Just phenomenal.Decanted for 3.5 hours and served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Drinking window from 2020 to 2050++." Tasted 06.05.2020
Stuart McCloskey "I am an enthusiastic admirer of Standish wines. I have purchased and sampled Aussie wines for almost 30 years and openly declare the ‘Standish’ collection as the best Shiraz produced in Australia. They are superior to wines being produced at Torbreck (Run Rig), Penfolds (Grange and special bins) and Clarendon Hills (Astralis). For me, Standish wines represent the very best Shiraz coming out of Australia. In terms of value; no one comes close!"
1 x Standish The Standish Shiraz 2018
Sourced from: Laycock Family Vineyard, Parbs Road, Greenock 100% Shiraz
1 x Standish Lamella Shiraz 2018
Sourced from: Hutton Vale Farm, Eden Valley 100% Shiraz
1 x Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier 2018
Sourced from: Hongell Family Vineyard Krondorf 98% Shiraz, 2% Viognier
1 x Standish The Schubert Theorem 2018
Sourced from: Roennfeldt Road, Marananga 100% Shiraz
1 x Standish Andelmonde 2018
99-100 Points - Stuart McCloskey "The nose is an intense experience which unfurls with iron ore, marine, kelp, licks of salty wet stone, graphite, packed with black fruits and a lovely floral lift. The palate is medium-bodied, a touch more edgy, and perhaps speaks more of terroir than fruit. The marine influence continues through to the palate prescribing more umami flavours. Briary, with more pronounced acidity and fine tannins. Ink on the finish and incredibly complex. A real intellectual wine and deeply impressive. Decanted for 3.5 hours and served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Drinking window from 2020 to 2050++ but I would ignore for 5-10 years." Tasted 06.05.2020