"It just exudes complexity, while also being full-bodied, plush and creamy, with a long, elegant finish. This seamless beauty is a candidate for perfection." 98-100pts Joe Czerwinski (The Wine Advocate)
"Laycock Family Vineyard, Parbs Road, Greenock. I whipped through the five 2018 releases, pouring a tiny glass, swilling, and maybe swallowing, just to get an instant fix on relative quality. It’s a technique that’s most often helpful to get a first impression. And for the most part, first impressions are very important. This, and the Lamella, jumped out at me straight off. Some whole bunch employed in this wine, which works very well.
Spicy black fruit, dark and brooding, but finds its way through the mouth as surely as a cat in the night. Black liquorice, fresh picked blackberry and boysenberry, deep but with no shortage of energy and freshness, the tannin grips with a fine chalk powder texture, green tea perfume adds a little edge, and the finish is so long, stony and bright. It’s a class act from start to finish. Rating: 97 points." Gary Walsh. The Wine Front.
"98 -100 points - The 2018 The Standish Shiraz is a bit stalky (it's about 50% whole cluster), but it's gorgeously perfumed, with hints of herbal tea, raspberries, blackberries and licorice. It just exudes complexity, while also being full-bodied, plush and creamy, with a long, elegant finish. This seamless beauty is a candidate for perfection." Joe Czerwinski (The Wine Advocate)
Where this wine comes from - Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and there’s a good reason why. The wines certainly live up to their international reputation, particularly Barossa Shiraz. With long, warm summers, the region produces full-bodied styles with power and panache. The reds are rich and luscious in their youth with dark-berried flavours, fruit intensity and fine-grained tannins, which mature gracefully with time in the cellar. But there’s more to the region than Shiraz. Grenache and Mourvèdre do more than play a supporting role in GSM blends, they’re standing on their own two feet as single varietal wines. And with a new school of winemakers at the helm, the region is in good hands for a long and healthy future.