Sourced from the Standish Family Vineyard – Siegersdorf Road, Vine Vale, Barossa Valley. Planted on own roots in 1912. Admitted to the Langton's Classification in 2018 (Classification VII).
Dense, latent and strapping, this flaunts the flawless purity that can be leached from the famed sandy flints of Vine Vale. Tightly wound with its cards close to the vest, deep-set aromatics of coal, pressed currant and black truffle are foiled by redolent tones of tilled soil, beef broth and slow roasted meats. Dark and brooding with immense concentration, persistence and energy it is a somewhat heroic style but is gently laced with a long fine cloak of silken tannin.
Exotic Indian spice, floral, thyme and lavender, vanilla and toast. Blackberry nip, earth and toast, suede-like grip to tannin, black olive and ripe blackberry on a long firm finish. Feels very primary. Slight warmth though it, but gee it’s got some mojo.
95 points, The Wine Front (May 2021)
Pours like quill ink. Dark chocolate, ripe plums, whiff of kirsch, forest berries and lavender, garam masala spice. Slippery, dense and concentrated, midnight dark berries, swish of fine, lacy tannin in a sheath around the lavish licks of dark fruit and exotic spice. So complex, rich and potent. Texture is wonderful, the finish just that bit breathy and warm. The wine is generally epic.
94 points, The Wine Front (May 2021)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.