- Limit One per customer
2020 Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier
Hongell Family Vineyard, Krondorf. 99% Shiraz and 1% Viognier. A little Viognier goes a long way with me, though this is good!
White flowers, liquorice, chocolate, a little bacon fat, black fruit and discreet toasty oak. So purple, so full of energy, even for a big wine, stone fruit and plum, silky and supple tannin of many layers, intense blue and purple fruit, silty and earthy, with a cool ‘mineral’ and ferrous character, dense sweet fruit and chamomile perfume to close. Not sure I’ve tasted a better Relic? This is how you Shiraz Viognier! Drink 2023 - 2037+
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front (May 2022)
The 2020 The Relic Shiraz-Viognier is made with fruit from the Hongell family vineyard in Krondorf, with 15% to 20% whole bunches in the ferment and 1% Viognier skins co-fermented. This is the best I’ve seen it. There’s something about the combination of the hot year and the diminished yields—it has recoiled and recompressed the Viognier on top of and into the Shiraz and brought them into balance/harmony. Beneath its floral and stone fruit guiles is a pool of savory, muscular, red-dirt Shiraz. There is bacon fat and pure berry fruit and spice for days… I’ve recently looked at a previous vintage of this wine alongside an older but immaculate Chateau d’Ampuis, and while their origins were clear in the glass, the Relic proved an Australian perspective more than relevant. The balance between the varieties—and the classic push/pull of sweet and savory—is more harmonious this year than in any I can remember, and the only thing I am more excited about when I consider this wine is what I will say next year, through the lens of an excellent, cool and elegant year. What a fine pair they will make. Drink 2022 - 2042.
Erin Larkin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (May 2022)