Standish Shiraz-Viognier 'The Relic'

Standish Shiraz-Viognier 'The Relic'

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Like Standish Shiraz, the grapes for this wine are sourced from the Standish Family Vineyard – A 98-year old block of dry grown, organically farmed Shiraz on Siegersdorf Road, Vine Vale, Barossa Valley.   The vines were planted on their own roots in 1912 and soils consist of fine white sand over deep heavy red clay at 302m above sea level. 

In this case, the Shiraz is co-fermented with Viognier skins which end up comprising 4% of the blend. Fragrantly scented, taughtly structured and finely poised – this femme fatale represents the more reserved face of the Barossa. Delicately portioned and beautifully balanced its fragrant notes of acacia petal, crème de cassis and parfait amour are supported by an underlying swath of Szechuan pepper, Guatemalan cocoa and damp limestone. Supple, lithe and without any hint of ‘palate drag’, its youthful ease shouldn’t detract from the sea of promise it holds for the future.