Dan Standish 2018 Releases

You can buy a lot of more expensive wines from this neck of the woods, though I doubt they’d be better. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

After reviewing the stunning 2016s last year, I was excited to try the 2017s and 2018s at Dan Standish’s small winery. 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. JOE SZERWINSKI, The Wine Advocate

Interesting to taste these wines. They have plenty of tannin, well-settled acidity, not a great deal of oak, and a ‘natural’ kind of feel. That is, they’re about fruit (and therefore vineyard) expression, yet also come across with a deluxe/prestige feel. They could even relight the fire of many a lapsed Barossa drinker? GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

The Standish Wine Company is quickly becoming one of the Barossa Valley’s benchmarks. JAY S MILLER

Dan Standish 2018s are released. We have, at most, three dozen of each available for the many and growing number of loyal fans. Perhaps not the email many of you would expect from me so let me begin by saying, I don’t think there are any producers in the region that are better than this man. Some are as good, sure, but none that I would say are better. The real key then is Dan’s wines are also a lot cheaper than many of his colleagues in the Valley.

That isn’t the only part to the story though. Dan’s success in his previous roles are well known to those who follow him but his own label has allowed him to craft exemplary South Australian reds in the model he loves. They are, like all the greats, single site, very old vine Barossa Shiraz and they do not shy away from the natural depth and richness of the region but Dan’s expressions are not overbearing like so many. I don’t know what his trick is but his wines retain a cooling edge and a fresher profile. Over the years I think the hallmark of his wines, for me, has been a harmonious nature and sense of ease. He manages to knit things together (not should I should draw knitting analogies here but I am sure Dan will understand) in such a way that the density and power of the fruit is always coupled with a freshness and the wood mingles in nicely. At their best they are seamless and completely confident in their delivery.

I completely concur with something Gary Walsh wrote about them a few years back in The Wine Front “They could even relight the fire of many a lapsed Barossa drinker?” Barossa wines for drinkers who are chasing balance and outright pleasure in the glass, something Dan captures in every release.