The Standish Wine Company The Relic Single Vineyard Shiraz Viognier, Barossa Valley
As the former head winemaker at Torbreck, Dan Standish has some experience in dealing with Australian Shiraz Viognier at the very highest levels. The fruit is sourced from the Standish Family Vineyard on Siegersdorf Road in the Barossa Valley. According to the winery, the vines were planted on own roots in 1912.
There is the merest touch of Viognier in this blend, only a couple of points, and certainly nowhere near what’s required to declare. When young, the wine is full of lithe youthful energy. The tannin, acid and evident length on the palate all point forward into a future that requires no more than patience and care.
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.