The Standish Wine Company

The Relic Shiraz Blend

9.249 ratings
9.213 pro ratings
Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz Blend
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.6

On the nose; a bit of a brett bomb to start. Even after 11 years in the bottle, it needed a good 2 hour decant. Stewed fruits of; huckleberry, boysenberries, blueberries, plums, black raspberries, dark & liqueured cherries. Black raspberry cola, figs & dates, black & white pepper, touch of smoke & grilled meats, menthol, used leather, dry stems, dark minerals, loamy dry top soil, right amount of baking spices, lilacs & liquid violets. The body is full, round & lush. Tannins perfectly resolved. They still have a little baby teeth. The structure, length, tension and balance are near perfect. Stewed fruits of; huckleberry, boysenberries, blueberries, plums, black raspberries, dark liqueured cherries & strawberries haunting the palate here and there. Black raspberry cola, figs & dates, black & white pepper, a touch of smoke & grilled meats, menthol, used leather, dry stems, dark minerals, loamy dry top soil, right amount & mix of baking spices, lilacs, liquid violets & red florals. The acidity is perfect and acts like a waterfall over the palate. The fruit floral, lightly spiced finish goes on and on and on. Standish does not have a U.S. importer as his wines are small productions and he has no issues selling nearly all of them down under. You can order from his mailing list but, the shipping costs from Australia are stupid. Look for bottles on the secondary markets. You’ll be glad you did. If you have or had reservations about Australian wine or Shiraz vs. Syrah, Dan’s wines will end those thoughts. We tasted with Dan at his winery in April. He is extremely knowledgeable and a very talented Winemaker. He made Torbreck for years before starting his own winery. Photos of; his Estate, Dan and his low yield vines. His yield was an extremely low half ton per acre on this vintage.

On the nose; a bit of a brett bomb to start. Even after 11 years in the bottle, it needed a good 2 hour decant. Stewed fruits of; huckleberry, boysenberries, blueberries, plums, black raspberries, dark & liqueured cherries. Black raspberry cola, figs & dates, black & white pepper, touch of smoke & grilled meats, menthol, used leather, dry stems, dark minerals, loamy dry top soil, right amount of baking spices, lilacs & liquid violets. The body is full, round & lush. Tannins perfectly resolved. They still have a little baby teeth. The structure, length, tension and balance are near perfect. Stewed fruits of; huckleberry, boysenberries, blueberries, plums, black raspberries, dark liqueured cherries & strawberries haunting the palate here and there. Black raspberry cola, figs & dates, black & white pepper, a touch of smoke & grilled meats, menthol, used leather, dry stems, dark minerals, loamy dry top soil, right amount & mix of baking spices, lilacs, liquid violets & red florals. The acidity is perfect and acts like a waterfall over the palate. The fruit floral, lightly spiced finish goes on and on and on. Standish does not have a U.S. importer as his wines are small productions and he has no issues selling nearly all of them down under. You can order from his mailing list but, the shipping costs from Australia are stupid. Look for bottles on the secondary markets. You’ll be glad you did. If you have or had reservations about Australian wine or Shiraz vs. Syrah, Dan’s wines will end those thoughts. We tasted with Dan at his winery in April. He is extremely knowledgeable and a very talented Winemaker. He made Torbreck for years before starting his own winery. Photos of; his Estate, Dan and his low yield vines. His yield was an extremely low half ton per acre on this vintage.

Oct 28th, 2017
Justin Sun

Fantastic structure and mouthfeel. Taste leaves something to be desired. Dark berry, plum, heavy soy sauce nose.

Fantastic structure and mouthfeel. Taste leaves something to be desired. Dark berry, plum, heavy soy sauce nose.

1 person found it helpfulJan 17th, 2015
Eric Hwang

The best wine of the afternoon made even better tasting with the winemaker, Dan, on a glorious day in Barossa. 2% Viognier co-fermented softens the tannins without adding too much unexpected floral nose. Opens up after several minutes in the glass to vibrant black fruits and umami shoyu. Deep dark and extracted with a rich velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish. Couldn't leave without buying a bottle.

The best wine of the afternoon made even better tasting with the winemaker, Dan, on a glorious day in Barossa. 2% Viognier co-fermented softens the tannins without adding too much unexpected floral nose. Opens up after several minutes in the glass to vibrant black fruits and umami shoyu. Deep dark and extracted with a rich velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish. Couldn't leave without buying a bottle.

Feb 4th, 2016
Laura Catena

Had it with Christmas eve dinner, nicely evolved but still fresh with the gritty tannins I remember - love the label.

Had it with Christmas eve dinner, nicely evolved but still fresh with the gritty tannins I remember - love the label.

Dec 26th, 2015
Kenny Baldridge

Yes, it finally got its groove back. Too bad it's my last of 6 bottles.

Yes, it finally got its groove back. Too bad it's my last of 6 bottles.

Jul 15th, 2014
Kenny Baldridge

Good, but lost a lot of subtlety.

Good, but lost a lot of subtlety.

Aug 22nd, 2013
Jason Jones

Probably suffered a bit vs the other wines on the table

Probably suffered a bit vs the other wines on the table

Feb 24th, 2017
Alissa Stakgold

Delicious. Sitting in Sydney at Uccello. Last night here. Great times!

Delicious. Sitting in Sydney at Uccello. Last night here. Great times!

Nov 12th, 2016
Cameron Myhrvold

2003 Standish The Relic. what a great wine. a nicely aged syrah with just the right amount of funk and gaminess to add complexity to its rich fruit. i would drink this any time.

2003 Standish The Relic. what a great wine. a nicely aged syrah with just the right amount of funk and gaminess to add complexity to its rich fruit. i would drink this any time.

Nov 4th, 2016
Kieran Roberts

Standish, the relic just has loads of early drink ability and amazing fruit clarity.

Standish, the relic just has loads of early drink ability and amazing fruit clarity.

Sep 18th, 2016