2018 Standish Lamella Shiraz
Another potentially perfect wine, the 2018 Lamella Shiraz, from the Eden Valley, is full-bodied and velvety in texture. Offering swirls of complex mixed berries, tea and spice, it finishes long and tannic, with plenty of backbone and structure, plus intriguing hints of espresso and chocolate. In contrast to The Standish, it's more impressive, while The Standish is more opulent and generous.
Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate (Nov 2019)
From the Hutton Vale Vineyard. This is very fragrant, very spicy and lightly peppery with such a distinctive nose, offering blueberries and some cedary oak, as well as berry-pastry, pie-crust and spicy notes. The palate has such distinctive freshness and detail with a granular texture to the tannins (100% whole cluster fermentation) and brightness from cooler-climate acidity. Dense, focused finish. This needs five years to settle, best from 2026.
Hutton Vale Farm, Eden Valley. It’s sold out at the winery, I believe, and for me, it’s the best, and most complete wine from the 2018 releases. I don’t think Barossa/Eden Shiraz gets much better than this, and, so pleasingly, oak is not a feature of the wine. Great wines, to my tastes, are rarely oak-driven.
It’s the quality of tannin that marks this out as a special wine. So dense, so ‘mineral’, it’s a cascade of shale tumbling through the mouth. Perfume of Earl Grey tea, sage and mint, black cherry and blueberry, chocolate and espresso. It’s fresh, with a raspberry succulence, inner-perfume of dried rose and lavender, cooling almost minty fresh acidity, poached rhubarb, and a slick of ferrous tannin on a finish of enormous length. Immense structure, delivered with precision and grace. It feels like falling into a private universe.
Gary Walsh – The Wine Front