2017 Standish Shiraz / Viognier The Relic

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Standish's 2017 The Relic Shiraz-Viognier includes 2% Viognier, just enough to soften the wine's considerable tannins and add a floral element on the nose. Gorgeous scents of brambly blackberries and anise lead into a wine that's full-bodied and plush, long and silky, adding hints of cocoa and espresso on the finish.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 97 RP
On the nose, sweet, silky red berry fruit, fresh redcurrant and fleshier blackberry and plum, laced with savoury fennel seed, dried mint, curry leaf, charcuterie and mocha oak nuances. Powdery, floral tannins cleave the fruit to the palate, rising to a focused, elegant and refined finish that is reflective of the cooler year in 2017. (Drink between 2020-2038)

Decanter | 96 DEC
Vivid purple. An expansive, finely detailed bouquet evokes black raspberry and blueberry preserves, incense, Moroccan spices and candied flowers. Shows superb depth and energy to its red and blue fruit liqueur, violet pastille and spicecake flavors, which spread out and gain sweetness through the mid-palate. Finishes on a resonating floral, with gently chewy tannins and superb, blue fruit-driven persistence.

Vinous Media | 96 VM
This shiraz has a small viognier component that adds early complexity, while fleshing out and filling the palate. Aromas of blackberries and wild raspberries lead to an impressively dense palate that has plums, blackberries and spiced chocolate to close. Drink or hold.

James Suckling | 94 JS
Opens with notes of violet, freshly cracked pepper and juicy blood orange. Tight and thick, featuring intense meaty blackberry and blueberry flavors, resulting in a wonderful tension between the firm tannins and fresh, fragrant fruit. Details of Earl Grey tea linger on the finish. Shiraz and Viognier. Drink now through 2035. 800 cases made, 48 cases imported.

Wine Spectator | 93 WS

Wine Details on 2017 Standish Shiraz / Viognier The Relic

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Producer Standish
Region South Australia: The South Australian landscape is almost surreal in its beauty. It's a seemingly endless expanse of fields stretching out into the horizon, and it's easy to appreciate what a mixture of soils like this contributes to mouth-watering, delicious wines. With a variety of grapes ranging from Syrah (or as it's known in Australia, Shiraz), Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon to Riesling, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, it's no surprise that South Australia is easily considered one of the biggest powerhouses in the wine world.

Given the sheer number of represented varietals, it's hard to pinpoint a signature taste, but that just means you get to enjoy exploring this region to your heart's content, always discovering new pleasures as you go. The quality is consistently high, and every wine offers something unique and different, making them a joy to collect. Whether you prefer reds or whites, Australian winemakers should at least be near the top of your priority list, as their wines are inspirational, compelling and powerful. We've prepared a selection of fine wines from every important sub-region of South Australia. There's something in here for everyone, and you can be sure that your guests will suddenly become very inquisitive about where you obtained the bottles you decide to uncork in front of them.
Subregion Barossa
Appellation Barossa Valley
Country Australia: Australia (especially its Southern region) is one of the most influential and developed New World wine regions. Its unique set of terroir profiles lets Australian winemakers create innovative, expressive wines using many classic varietals. All the French essentials are seen here, along with Riesling. The diversity and variety among Australia's most excellent wines make the region incredibly exciting to explore, especially if you're in the mood for a pleasant surprise or two. Let the land speak to you from within the bottle and find your horizons broadened, and your perspective changed forever as you fall in love with wine all over again.
Type of Wine Australia Red: Australia is one of the New World's most innovative and reputable regions, and a sip or two of their glorious red wines can quickly explain why. Infused with the essence of noble grapes such as Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, these reds will take your senses on a thrill ride.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: Proprietary Blend is a general term used to indicate that a wine is comprised of multiple grape varietals which are either “proprietary” to the winery or is blended and does not meet the required maximum or minimum percentage of a particular varietal. This also is the case for the grape’s place of origin, especially for region, appellation or vineyard designated wines. There are endless examples of blended wines which are labeled as “Proprietary Blend” and in conjunction with each region’s stipulated wine laws and regulations makes for a vast blanket for wines to fall into. Perhaps the simplest example is California; if a wine is to be labeled as Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it is required to have at least 75% of the varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon) and 85% of the fruit must be cultivated from the Napa Valley wine district. If the wine does not meet the requirements, it is then labeled as Proprietary Blend.

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