Andrew Guard

2017 The Schubert Theorem Shiraz, The Standish Wine Co.

This is an ultra rich bottling of a parcel from one of the Northern Barossa’s most respected growers. Rich blackberries pervade every corner of the nose and palate. Luscious, silky fruit tannins flow in effortless, succulent style and deliver plush and glossy-ripe texture to close. Impeccable. Drink or hold.
96 points
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A 6th generation Barossan, Dan Standish established his eponymous winery in 1999 whilst still working as winemaker at Torbreck Vintners. His endeavour initially began around an ancient parcel of Shiraz owned and farmed by his father. Due to family upheaval this source is now gone but has been supplemented by various sites throughout the Barossa Region that he has identified as significant and unique.

Stylistically Dan's wines are as rich and profound as you would expect from Barossa Valley old vines but they have a satin texture and dreamy perfume that sets them far apart from his contemporaries. Here, dark fruits are encased in cocoa and earthy richness but with gentle spice, soil tone, asphalt and a stony minerality that gives the wines a beautiful dimension. These are special Australian wines made to the same exacting standards as the leading Rhone Valley estates in my portfolio.