Standish Wines Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier 2017 Reviews

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Exclusive to The Vinorium  99 Points - Stuart McCloskey ?Sampled after 12 hours in the decanter. If truth be known, I struggled with this wine when it first arrived and refrained from offering my tasting note. Today, it joins the remainder of the collection as a strong family member, which has felt lost without it. Sweetness juxtaposes with savoury meatiness ? a firm nod to the Northern Rhône. Heady aromas of anise, fennel seed and ink combine with the sweetest of black fruits and then comes a board of charcuterie. The length is astonishing and finishes with sweet fennel and studded salami. Wait a minute and then enters spice tinged citrus fruit with a faint tinge of blood orange? Umami, ocean-esque and sea kelp are more pronounced with aeration. To put simply, this is a contender for one of the greatest Northern Rhône wines (albeit from Oz) you will ever enjoy. Natural, unforced and certainly the longest lived ?17 Standish wine. Drinking now, but it?s a baby to 2050.? Tasted 24 Nov 2020

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Being a Northern Rhone drinker I've always been slightly sceptical of syrah wines outside of this region. I've just never found the same level of balance, savouriness, and power. In the case of this wine I was wrong to be concerned. This wine is a work of precision and is very much like drinking a top class Cote Rotie, although it does have a distinct character which is all its own. The touch of viognier provides a lovely bit of freshness which balances against the meatiness and spice of the Syrah. This is superb!
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Ben Stringer
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One of those times I wished a bottle of wine was far more than 750ml! A big wine of immense concentration and super delicious. I've also tried the Shubert Theorum and I think the 1% Viognier here brings real 'je ne sais quoi' adding a layer of perfume and finesse. I also love its' savoury, brooding side with the hints of minerality. So much to enjoy here and can't wait to have an excuse to open my next bottle!
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