Winemaker: In homage to the classics of Tuscany, this vino evokes the essence of Italy. Wild fermented Sangiovese with a splash of Merlot, it is captivating and filled with charm. Vespa red in colour it oozes with scents of cherries, violets and red currants. Medium bodied and light on its feet with subtle tannin, the palate is driven by raspberry and cherry fruit. Defined by fresh acidity and savoury curves that give length, depth and lineage. Pure charisma and Italian style... Bella!
Vinorium Award - 2019 White Wine of the Year: Silver
97+ Points Stuart McCloskey "Sharply focused, linear with a vibrancy which I wasn’t expecting. The floral character comes to the fore which compliments the nashi pear, peach, melon and suggestion of jasmine brilliantly. The palate is expansive with swathes of buttered citrus fruits underpinned with a core of minerals. I’ll be brutally honest, I was expecting a voluptuous Barossa bombshell. Instead, I received an unexpected balancing act between litheness and precision which is extremely impressive. This is one of those rare wines which floats on the palate but delivers to every millimetre. Drinking beautifully now (decant for 20 mins) but will cellar for 8-10 years."
96 Points - James Halliday
This hits the bullseye, a great example of the synergy between place and variety. Its colour is good, as is the bouquet, and that arrow arrives the moment the wine enters the mouth. It has waves of luscious, juicy red and black fruits that fill every corner of the palate, tannins and oak doing the job expected of them.
97 Points - Stuart McCloskey “I love the nose with its steely freshness – racy and cool climate, sweetened with a whiff of poached pears. The palate is much fuller than the Upper Ngumby and will appeal (enormously so) to those seeking a richer style. There’s a lovely combination of depth and mouth-watering freshness. The fruit is evidently sweeter and fills the mid-palate gloriously. Stony minerality keeps the wine in perfect check. This is a chardonnay on full parade, just bumptious and proud to be. A touch of salinity on the super long finish. Bloody brilliant – it’s as simple as that. Drink now to 2025.”
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97 Points - Stuart McCloskey “A thrilling, single vineyard Shiraz which has been meticulously crafted by the skilled hands of Craig Stansborough. The site is around 260-280m above sea level with vines planted in 2000 and is own rooted, clones are heritage and 1654. The nose is heady and aromatically perfumed with intense black raspberry, crème de cassis, bramble and fennel seed. The warm earth notes keep it grounded (forgive the pun!) as do the cedar notes. Vanilla kicks in after many hours in the decanter (we decanted for 6). Read more...
Vinorium Award - 2019 Red Wine of the Year: Silver
99+ Stuart McCloskey “Personally, Dan provides the ultimate Aussie Shiraz experience as he masterfully tempers a colossus of a wine with such cooling grace. Where on earth do you begin with the aromatics? Earth, Indian ink, violets, cold steel, woodsmoke, bitumen and smoked meat, infused with mulberry, blueberry compote and black raspberry. Vanilla permeated with sweet spice (nutmeg). Wait another 60-minutes and the entire line-up changes with leather, warming spices, campfire, olive tapenade, menthol and liquorice adding to the mix. The aromatic evolution in my glass is a work of art in its own right. The palate is generous, almost voluptuous and the detail is so precise. It’s certainly changed since my last tasting as the woodsmoke and meaty components are now at the fore. Violet, graphite, leather, spiced cake and liquorice weave a little magic, the fruit feels dense, pastille-like and wild. There’s a floral prettiness too (where did that emerge from?). The amplitude of this wine is a meal in itself. The tannins are the work of a genius – a deft touch and very much required. The purity is on a different level to most Aussie Shiraz. Many will opt for the 2018 however, and certainly for the next decade, this is the vintage to focus on. I genuinely could spend an entire day with this wine and write a 3000+ word tasting note. Magnificence personified, albeit in the form of a red wine. Almost perfect, but I am simply being pedantic for the sake of it. Decanted for 4-hours and served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.” Tasted 20.10.2021
97+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “There’s a lovely depth to the bouquet which opens beautifully to crisp orchard fruit, lemon zest, toast, baked apple, wild honey, and a cornucopia of spring flowers. As anticipated from Grand Cru fruit, the palate feel is highly textural, broad and multidimensional. It sparkles on the palate with a core of crisp, orchard fruits. The acidity races across one’s palate which works miracles with the rich, honeyed creaminess. Salinity, acidity and minerality drive the wine and provide wonderful tension and a juiciness which I love. Chalk on the super-long finish. A Champagne which surpasses itself and a wine which will be drinking beautifully for the next 7-10 years. Do not overchill and keep it away from flutes. Try Zalto’s Universal glassware as we did (great result).”
97 Points - Magdalena Sienkiewicz "The assemblage is Pinot Noir 75% and Chardonnay 25%. The perfume exhibits beautiful complexities. Roasted apples, pears and flowers jump to the forefront but don’t overshadow the gentle notes of citrus, apricots, ripe figs and toasted almonds. The superb combination of structure, length and vigour are distinctive to a Grand Cru quality which this Grande Reserve isn’t shy of. Similar to its alluring perfume, the palate offers exuberance and complexity without losing the sense of control and elegance. Incredibly smooth given its scale. This Champagne will suit those seeking generosity. This is exactly what we were looking for in our house fizz and delivered at exceptional value."
Mike Bennie (The Wine Front) "A wine that proudly shows the colour of the grape, asserting that texture, detail, structure and complexity are a by-product of thoughtful winemaking with pinot gris. ‘Whole bunch fermented’ says a sash on the label now too.
It’s a tightly wound expression, slender in shape, refreshing with tangy acidity, fragrant in red berry and floral perfume, though flavours are a touch washed out in the fray. That being said, the chalkiness to texture, the chew and bite of skinsy fruit personality, and the general ease of drinking, all play a part in ‘recommendation’ here. It’s a paired back release this year, more ‘Provencale rose’ than Radikon Kisi, but the drinkability and general sense of deliciousness is all there."
97 points - Sam Kim "Stunning and elegant, this is exquisitely composed and expressed on the nose showing white flesh nectarine, grapefruit, fig and lemon pith characters with nuances of spicy oak and flint. The palate exhibits exceptional concentration and focus, wonderfully enhanced by refined texture and perfectly pitched acidity. It’s splendidly poised and brilliantly structured for a long haul. At its best: 2022 to 2030."
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99 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Compared to the ’17 Standish The Standish, the broodiness has been dialled up a notch or two. Deep, pensive, savoury and wonderfully cooling – minty-fresh. The sweet, raspberry, blue and blackberry fruits have a distinct mineral tone to them. Game is beginning to emerge – the exotic spice adds real warmth. Orange peel, anise and perhaps a little balsamic too. The palate is deeply impressive and throbs with tension – almost sullen, which creates intrigue and intellectual complexity. Full-bodied, but by no means heavy – freshness creating balance. Actually, and despite the fruit concentration, I would declare a level of refinement – almost elegance as this glides like silk across your palate. It feels like falling into your own universe. There is a floralness, but and unlike 12-months ago, the Viognier has merged with the Shiraz in a perfect, symbiotic relationship. The fruit, tannin and acidity are now as one – nothing is edgy. I love the detail. This is a truly wonderful wine speaking fluently of a great, Aussie Shiraz. Utterly superb and will be at its peak in a decade or so. Drink now (decant for at least 12 hours) through to 2040+. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.” Tasted 24 Nov 2021
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
98 Points - Gerard Basset OBE MW MS
Beautiful savoury nuances where delicate hints of umami complement minerally red and black fruit. Incredible complexity and amazing silky texture. For me (GB), this is the wine of the vintage, showing supreme elegance in all aspects. Extremely rarely do I give 99 or 100 points to very young wines, but I could easily have broken my own rule here. Exceptional!
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99 Points - Stuart McCloskey “I feel an emotional charge each time I open and sample any wine from Standish. That’s a rare quality. The bouquet is a beautiful symphony which gently weaves its way through Autumnal notes, blood, rusty iron, violets and graphite. It comes across dark and the fruit brooding. Blueberry and plum compote adding a little sweetness. There’s spice and espresso too – sweet and exotic. Wait five minutes and enjoy the salinity / sea kelp. The palate is on another level, in fact, to most Aussie Shiraz. Supremely complex and multi-layered – the mouthfeel impersonates silk. The density akin to double cream. The flow of fruit is plush, pure and utterly seamless – acidity and freshness provided judiciously and are perfectly judged. I like how the tannins grip. From there, this soars on and only finishes when you fall asleep… Epic, in a word. Drink now (decant for 12-hours) to 2040+. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Sampled 24 Nov 2021.”