2021 Standish Wine Co The Relic Shiraz Viognier

Powerhouse Shiraz Viognier blend from the iconic Dan Standish.

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Dan Standish is a Barossa winemaker for a new generation. Shiraz fans, get at these wines while you can. They are something special.

The Relic is Dan's powerhouse Shiraz Viognier blend. It's the Barossa meets Côte-Rôtie - or something like that. As head winemaker at Torbreck, Dan crafted the Run Rig, Torbreck's monster old-vine Shiraz Viognier. He learnt plenty about finding balance in opulence while shaping these wines. He brings all that knowledge to bear in this release.

The Relic has perhaps the most explosive nose of the Standish Shiraz releases. The potency of Dan's old vine fruit on full display for all to see.

"This is undoubtedly the biggest, most plush wine in the collection, but true to form for Standish, it is balanced and fresh, with a long future in front of it."
- 98pts, Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

98 points - "The 2021 The Relic Shiraz-Viognier is made with fruit from the Hongell family vineyard, Krondorf. It was made with 1% Viognier co-fermented, with 25% whole bunches in the ferment this year, up from 15% to 20% in 2020. The Relic is one of Australia's greatest Shiraz Viognier wines, and it's a sure thing each year for quality and execution of style. In 2020, it was my preferred wine of the collection for its savory, meaty/bacon fat/bloody character. All elements were in balance, and it managed a savory and floral drive within the same glass. Super cool. This year, I love the wine for all the opposite reasons. The 2021 is creamy, plush and almost sybaritic in its outlay of fruit and tannin. At 15.5% alcohol, it's the highest alcohol wine in the 2021 release, yet it doesn't show that via warmth or harshness in the wine. The whole-bunch component is up slightly this year from last, and honestly, it feels completely invisible in the wine. This is undoubtedly the biggest, most plush wine in the collection, but true to form for Standish, it is balanced and fresh, with a long future in front of it." - Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

94 points - "Fragrant, juicy, all the dark cherry and apricot stone, some white flower and spice. It’s full-bodied, rich and kind of syrupy in dark fruit flavour, but gee, the tannin here is very high quality, quite stony and graphite in texture. There’s maybe a bit of warmth, but also lavish blue and black fruit concentration, Turkish apricot and caramel, with a strident and tannic finish of excellent length. Lots of perfume and energy.and has so much succulence and perfume, that you come round to its way of thinking in the end. Côte-Rôtie on steroids, maybe. It’s good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Standish Wine Company

Dan Standish is one of the most outstanding Barossa producers in the game today.

A sixth-generation Barossan, Dan started the Standish Wine Co. in 1999. Over the intervening years, his wines have amassed unanimous acclaim. His offerings now rank amongst the rarest and most sought after Barossa wines for collectors in the know.

After learning his trade at Torbreck, under his eponymous label Dan has pursued a quest to showcase some of the Barossa region's finest and most ancient sites.

Stylish, seductive and devastatingly powerful, the Standish wines are Barossa wines with unmistakable X-Factor.

Dan Standish tending his ancient vines - Barossa Valley, SA Standish Wine Company

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