2019 Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier
From the Hongell Vineyard, sees 1% viognier used. A very gentle seasoning.
Big perfume, ripe berries, floral whiffs, sweet, turned earth character, jellied plum, blackcurrant pastilles. So much to sniff on. Supple, soft and juicy in the palate, though there’s some tension in the texture and it finishes long, fanning out magnificently. A sense of poise and lift too. Wonderful, elegant, big-lush expression. Drink 2021 - 2036.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (May 2021)
Aromas of blackberry and dark chocolate with toasted spices, cherry, raspberry coulis and vanilla. Like a liquid black forest cake. Rippling with intensity and concentration, the palate has very soft and satiny tannins that sit smoothly into the finish. Sultry. Drink over the next five years.
JamesSuckling.com (January 2022)