• Musigny1955 wrote: 89 points

    November 16, 2021 - Bought on release, cork in excellent shape // Big, ripe Shiraz with perhaps a little more in the way of aromatics due to the Viognier. Well made but first glass was the best, as honestly was a bit bored with the wine as not particularly complex, which I was hoping for after 17 years!

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  • quaffnov Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 3, 2020 - Two hour decant, this comes across as advertised with a big palate that is in sync with all its components. Fruit driven with interesting complexity expressed in spices and tar. Powerful in all the right ways, with a very long finish, excellent bottle, if not an extremely affordable one. Drank next to a Torbreck, this was slightly better.

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  • SlimShaney Likes this wine: 96 points

    May 9, 2020 - Drinking beautifully. Big and rich but also with bold-aged sweetness.

    Deacnted for an hour, then drank over 2, whilst firing up my new barbecue, the Napileon prestige 665 - serious business and a magnificent wine to toast and watch a long evening sun set.

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  • Somm David T Likes this wine: 96 points

    February 14, 2020 - Happy Valentines Day!

    If you have not looked for this wine on WineSearcher.com or other, you should. Dan Standish has no American Importer. However, you can mail order off his list. Good luck with the Australian/United States import costs. Very prohibited.

    Most quality Barossa wines take 15 years in bottle to show their ultimate beauty. Dan’s wines are no different. His Estate vines are 100 years old and produce 500 pounds of fruit per acre...very concentrated. Contrast that to extremely expensive & high quality Napa fruit, those Napa producers are at 2,000-2,500 pounds per acre.

    We visited Standish in April 2017. We found Dan to be extremely talented & definitely marches to his own drum. He is salt of the earth and has traveled & worked in many of the world wine regions honing his craft and landing as Torbreck’s Winemaker in Barossa before starting, “The Standish Wine Company.”

    As good as the 04 is tonight, it has 15 years of good life ahead...properly stored of course.

    The nose is very intoxicating. It is a nice blend of purple, black & blue fruits. Mulberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, black plums, plums, blackberries, dark cherries, deeply extracted raspberries, some baked strawberries, black licorice to anise, dark fruit cola, black olive skin, medium dark spice, black pepper, charcoal, graphite, dry tobacco & underbrush, some bay leaf, alluvial soils, grey volcanic minerals/limestone with fresh & only slightly withering, purple, dark, blue florals framed in violets & lavender.

    The body is full, rich, ripe, lush and creamy on the palate after a two-hour plus decant. The structure, tension, length and balance are a little short of its peak and will hold there for 5-8 years. It’s a glorious glide on the palate. The fruits are ripe & lightly baked. Mulberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, black plums, plums, blackberries, dark cherries, deeply extracted raspberries, some baked strawberries, cherry kirsch, red & black licorice to anise, dark fruit cola, black olive skin, the dark spices are heavier on the palate & bring just the right amount of heat, sweet, dark tarriness, black pepper, used, dark expresso roast grounds, charcoal, graphite, dry tobacco & underbrush, some bay leaf, alluvial soils, grey volcanic minerals/limestone, moist clay, with fresh & only slightly withering, purple, dark, blue florals framed in violets & lavender. The acidity is round, flush & perfect. The long finish is a unique even balance of; lush fruits, spice, herbs and earth that persists on the palate for minutes.

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  • Lordswood wrote: 92 points

    March 31, 2019 - On first pour after decanting and a one hour wait, I thought I knew this wine. Slightly overextracted, a little too much vanilla oak and too much alcohol. By the end of the bottle I was a proper convert - layers of subtle dark fruits, lovely texture and a perfect dose of cleansing acidity. Alcohol of 14.5%. I loved it.

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  • Sijan Does not like this wine: 78 points

    February 2, 2019 - Extremely disappointed by this over-extracted mess of a wine. Strong burnt/stewed/candied nose followed by very alcoholic, sweet fruit that was heavily extracted. No balance or finesse. Just a bruiser. May have been a little past its prime, age-wise, but I don't think this was ever very good. All three of us who tasted didn't even finish our glass.

    Disastrously bad QPR - Jay Miller strikes again!

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  • StainedGlass wrote: 92 points

    January 7, 2019 - Briefly decanted. Dark opaque purple color with no obvious signs of bricking. This well-cellared bottle offered a rich luxurious blend with layers of of black and blue fruits and subdued, now-velvety tannins. I think it is still delicous when you want a big wine but past its peak. Drink now until 2020.

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  • Pancreatitis wrote:

    August 25, 2018 - Inexpressive unexciting

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  • MC2 Wines wrote:

    November 18, 2017 - From the land down under - Q4 Wine Club (The Apt): Wine #9: Can tell there's some decent age on this wine. Has a bit of that funkiness. More green in nature than I expect for an aussie. Got some basil and mint in here. Again can tell there's more alcohol in this wine and didn't have a chance to blow off in my glass. (0 pennies)

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  • TJ_The VitiViewer wrote: 91 points

    October 7, 2017 - Opaque dark red with brown highlight. Blackberry, plum, espresso, chocolate, menthol, eucalyptus, ink, red pepper and white pepper on the nose. The wine is still powerful, vigorous and super silky. Especially, the concentration is awful as much as the wine tastes salty. The acidity is fairly high for Australian Shiraz. However, its excessive residual sugar ruins all positive aspects. A lump dumps delicate detail and layers. Good quality but cloying disappointingly. If you are not a fruit boom wine lover, don't open it just by yourself. Two glasses of the wine would be enough. Alc. 14.5%

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