2005 The Standish Shiraz
Matured for 36 months in French oak this wine displays an impenetrable opaque black dark crimson colour with very deep black dark red hue. The nose displays perfumed aromas of ripe dark plum, dark chocolate and liquorice followed by some vanillin spice and mocha. Decadently rich the palate is a super concentrate of flavour with opulent ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark chocolate flavours encompassing every corner of the mouth followed by some vanillin mocha like characters and a spicy back palate. Silky smooth tannins give the wine a voluptuous mouthfeel. Superb depth with very long aftertaste of liquorice, ripe blackberry, dark chocolate and spice.
Drink over the next 5-6 years (2011-2017).
The fruit for the 2005 Shiraz came from nearly 100 year old vines and spent 36 months in seasoned French barriques. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is vibrant and floral at this stage with notes of chocolate, creme de cassis, game, mint and anise. The palate is fine and complex, with a good backbone of high acid, medium level of fine-grained tannins and a long harmonious finish. It’s drinking now and should continue to do so until 2020+.
96 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate