About this Wine
Sourced from the historic Hutton Vale Farm property in the Eden Valley.
"Hutton Vale Farm, Eden Valley. It’s sold out at the winery, I believe, and for me, it’s the best, and most complete wine from the 2018 releases. I don’t think Barossa/Eden Shiraz gets much better than this, and, so pleasingly, oak is not a feature of the wine. Great wines, to my tastes, are rarely oak-driven.
It’s the quality of tannin that marks this out as a special wine. So dense, so ‘mineral’, it’s a cascade of shale tumbling through the mouth. Perfume of Earl Grey tea, sage and mint, black cherry and blueberry, chocolate and espresso. It’s fresh, with a raspberry succulence, inner-perfume of dried rose and lavender, cooling almost minty fresh acidity, poached rhubarb, and a slick of ferrous tannin on a finish of enormous length. Immense structure, delivered with precision and grace. It feels like falling into a private universe." 98pts - Gary Walsh - WineFront
About the Winery
"Dan Standish is an extremely experienced winemaker, adding work in the Napa and Sonoma valleys in California, La Rioja in Spain and the Rhone 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. This produces 300 dozen of The Standish, a wild yeast, open-fermented and basket-pressed shiraz matured in French oak for 30 months. The Standish, which uses his Rh?ne Valley experience led to the creation of The Relic, Shiraz (93%)/Viognier (7%) co-fermented, otherwise made with similar techniques." James Halliday Wine Companion.