Standish 2017 New Releases

Dan Standish is an extremely experienced winemaker, adding work in the Napa and Sonoma valleys in California, La Rioja in Spain and the Rhône Valley in France to his domestic winemaking. In 1999 he was able to negotiate a small parcel of 96-year-old shiraz from his parents’ vineyard in the Vine Vale subregion of the Barossa Valley. JAMES HALLIDAY, The Australian Wine Companion 2011

Cutting his teeth at Torbreck Vintners Dan Standish established his eponymous winery in 1999. A 6th generation Barossan winemaker he has a wealth of knowledge and insider access to some of Barossa’s best vineyards and growers. Initially he began with ancient parcel of Shiraz owned and farmed by his father but now sources from a selection of unique and significant vineyards sites. Compiled once every 4 years, Standish recently made the 2018 Langton’s Classification VII, a showcase of Australia’s 136 best performing and most treasured wines. He was counted amongst benchmark producer such as Henscke, Penfolds, Wendouree, Cullen and Mount Mary. For those who know the wines this is probably no surprise.

Dan’s wines are the best of the ‘new wave’ of Barossa vignerons. Building on the same exciting groundswell of change that we have seen the last 10-15 years in other Australian wine regions. The selection of best sites, strict selection in the winery, a focus of work in the vineyard, purity of fruit with structure and ability to demonstrate its origins at the heart of what makes these wines stand-out from the crowd. Typically, Dan “de-classifies” 2/3 of the fruit which he sells off leaving on the best 1/3 to go into his cuvees. This philosophy is clearly paying dividends as these days his allocations are strictly limited and sell out rapidly after their release every year. 

In 2019 we have four wines available. There are no reviews out yet, but we expect these to be excellent as always. If you are a points person, they generally score in the mid to high 90's from both the international and domestic press across the board. They are pure and pristine wines underpinned by finely structured tannins, minerality and warm, fresh acidity. I have included some of my own notes on the wines from a recnet taste through with the supplier.