Dan has produced a string of outstanding vintages with the 2018 being tipped as, and to quote Robert Parker’s leading Australian expert, Joe Czerwinski “a candidate for perfection.” To be accurate, this specifically relates to two of Dan’s wines; Lamella and Standish The Standish which have both received the ‘opening’ barrel sample score of 98-100 points placing them in esteemed company.
Barrel scores are important and something I am personally familiar with. Firstly, it is an indication of the overall quality of a vintage and, from a purely commercial perspective, affects how a producer prices their wine, as most ‘barrel’ scores are revealed before their general release. Those familiar with Bordeaux En-Primeur will understand the circus – everyone chases the highest scoring wines irrespective of personal preference. It’s the unglamorous nature of the beast and the reason the world’s wine critics are as important as the wines themselves.
Joe reports on the following regions; Provence, Rhône Valley (North and South), Languedoc-Roussillon, Australia and New Zealand, and it would be accurate to state that our palates differ and quite often considerably. My appreciation of cooler climate wines (Margaret River is a great example) compared to Joe’s differs vastly as is Joe’s appreciation for the ‘big’ wines of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon. However, we find common ground with Standish wines albeit I find the pedigree of Dan’s wines shine brighter in slightly cooler vintages such as the 2017s – Joe declares the vintage “slightly less complete yet still delicious!” We’ll remain deferential and declare that we’ll agree to disagree…
What is being said about Dan’s 2018’s which comes courtesy of Joe / Dan?
“After reviewing the stunning 2016s last year, I was excited to try the 2017s and 2018s at Dan Standish's small winery. The 2017 vintage, said Dan, was his biggest ever, yet he bottled the least wine. "With its long, slow, even ripening, it's probably the ideal vintage to show the different [Barossa] subregions," he said. Each of the named wines comes from a specific vineyard in a different part of Barossa. The Relic comes from Krondorf, Schubert Theorem from Marananga, The Standish from Greenock, Lamella from Eden Valley and Andelmonde from Light Pass. Generally, the wines see about 20% new oak (all French), with the proportion of whole clusters varying, depending on the vintage and the vineyard. Also depending on the vintage, Standish bottles all, some or none of the wines, with any barrels that don't make the cut being sold in bulk. After his blockbuster 2016s, the 2017s come across as slightly less complete yet still delicious, while the 2018s—"a typical Barossa vintage," according to Standish—look extremely promising.”
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 value Shiraz coming out of Australia; no one else comes close!
My previous paragraph got my comparison juices flowing – To offer complete impartiality, I have chosen the same respected critic and the same vintage to understand how Dan’s wines compare to the very best of the rest.
Many 2018s are not yet available and prices listed reflect under bond per case of six (most are based on the ’16 / ’17 prices – 18s will be higher).
All wines have received 98-100 points
2018 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrinc circa £1,500
2018 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline, La Turque & Landonne circa £1,350.00
2018 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle circa £900.00
2018 Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite @ £1,160.00
2018 Jean-Paul & Corinne Jamet Côte-Rôtie Côte Brune circa £1,800.00
Prices: Dan and Nicole imposed an 8% increase on their 2017s which we refused. The 2018s received a further 10% increase which we also refused however, and when it comes to the crunch, Dan can sell his ’18s to a very long list of waiting customers. In the end, we have agreed on a 10% increase which sadly we must pass on.
A new addition to the Standish Collection
This is the first appearance for Andelmonde since the successful 2012 vintage and for many avid Standish buyers, an important purchase as exported quantities are miniscule (only 14 cases were imported of the ’12) and of course, it is rarely made. The ’18 Andelmonde is sourced from a vineyard not far from Dan’s winery in the Light Pass sub-region of Barossa Valley – Only 17 six-packs are available….
Inevitably, I predict a sharp rise in the coming years simply on the basis of small, annual production levels and ongoing critical acclaim, they are considered undervalued versus an increase in global demand. You must also consider the current 100-point prices for the following; 2016 Run Rig @ £870.00, 2016 Penfolds Bin 111A Shiraz @ £3,350.00, 2015 Astralis @ £1,375.00 – these are priced under bond per case of six and further acknowledge that Standish has room to double / treble their prices over the coming years, which makes commercial sense. Until then, may I suggest you empty your cupboards and buy as much 2018 Standish as you can – Imagine their prices in 5-10 years… We could all be sitting on a little goldmine.
• All wines are either available under bond or duty paid with an expected arrival of mid April 2020.
• The higher price indicates wines with added UK duty & VAT whereas the lower price is without all duties and taxes (the best option if you plan to keep them in our LCB reserves or transfer to a different bonded account).
• At this stage, wines are being offered in cases of 6x75cl as the administration to handle multiple, by the bottle orders is too cumbersome.
• We are listing a small mixed, 5 pack case which is only available duty paid.
Please ensure non 2018 Standish wines are omitted from your order.
** Delivery: mid April 2020 **
All tasting notes / scores are supplied by Joe Czerwinski who’s beaten me to it!
“The 2018 The Standish Shiraz (a sample blend from barrel) is a bit stalky (it's about 50% whole cluster), but it's gorgeously perfumed, with hints of herbal tea, raspberries, blackberries and licorice. It just exudes complexity, while also being full-bodied, plush and creamy, with a long, elegant finish. This seamless beauty is a candidate for perfection”.
or £359.15 IB per case of 6
“Another potentially perfect wine, the 2018 Lamella Shiraz, from the Eden Valley, is full-bodied and velvety in texture. Offering swirls of complex mixed berries, tea and spice, it finishes long and tannic, with plenty of backbone and structure, plus intriguing hints of espresso and chocolate. In contrast to The Standish, it's more impressive, while The Standish is more opulent and generous”
or £359.15 IB per case of 6
“Despite being only 2% Viognier, in its current state, Standish's 2018 The Relic Shiraz-Viognier shows prominent notes of stone fruit and spice, plus the blackberries and blueberries of the Shiraz. Full-bodied, lush and creamy-textured, with a long, silky finish, this beauty should drink well for a couple of decades after its release next year”
or £344.15 IB per case of 6
2018 The Schubert Theorem
“Mint, sage and thyme accent blackberry and black cherry fruit in the 2018 The Schubert Theorem Shiraz. Full-bodied and rich without being heavy, it finishes tremendously long, with silky, cocoa-powder-like tannins. It should drink well for a couple of decades”
or £344.15 IB per case of 6
New and quantities are tiny
Only 16 six-packs remain
"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."
or £311.35 IB per case of 6
Special 5-pack offer
(1 x 75cl bottle of each of the 2018 wines)
Duty paid and including VAT. This 5-pack is not available under bond.