The Standish 2020

The Standish 2020

The Standish 2020

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Winemaking and Drinking

The 2020 Standish from The Standish Wine Company stands as a testament to the meticulous craftsmanship and dedication of Dan Standish, the visionary winemaker behind this remarkable label. 

Origins and Vineyards

The origins of The Standish Wine Company trace back to 1999 when Dan Standish, an avid vintner with an illustrious lineage of winemaking, established the winery. The 2020 Standish showcases the heritage of the Barossa Valley, sourcing grapes from some of the region's most esteemed vineyards. These vineyards are located in the sub-regions of Greenock, Krondorf, and Ebenezer, renowned for their old vines and unique terroirs that impart distinct characteristics to the wine.

The vines, many of which are over a century old, are dry-grown and meticulously tended to. This labor-intensive process ensures that only the best grapes make it into the wine, reflecting the essence of the Barossa Valley. The 2020 vintage, despite being marked by challenging weather conditions, benefited from a cooler ripening period, allowing for balanced and concentrated flavors.

Winemaking Process

Dan Standish employs traditional winemaking techniques, with a focus on minimal intervention to let the true character of the fruit shine through. The grapes are handpicked and undergo a gentle crushing process. Fermentation occurs in small open fermenters with indigenous yeasts, fostering a natural expression of the fruit. Post-fermentation, the wine is aged in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 22 months, which adds complexity and structure without overwhelming the fruit's inherent qualities.

Tasting Notes

The 2020 Standish is a profound expression of Barossa Valley Shiraz. In the glass, it reveals a deep, inky purple hue, indicative of its intensity and depth. The nose is an aromatic symphony, bursting with notes of blackberries, plums, and dark cherries, intertwined with nuances of violet, licorice, and exotic spices. Subtle hints of earthiness and smoked meats add layers of intrigue.

On the palate, The 2020 Standish is opulent and full-bodied, with a seamless integration of rich, ripe fruit and well-structured tannins. Flavors of blackcurrant, blueberry, and dark chocolate dominate, supported by undertones of black pepper, clove, and espresso. The wine's texture is lush and velvety, leading to a long, persistent finish with a touch of minerality and a lingering hint of sweet oak.

Awards and Accolades

The 2020 Standish has garnered significant acclaim on both domestic and international stages. It has received high praise from wine critics and publications, with scores often exceeding 95 points. The wine has been lauded for its depth, balance, and the meticulous attention to detail evident in every sip.

Notably, The 2020 Standish has been awarded:

  • 96 points by James Halliday, who highlighted its "impressive complexity and balance."
  • 97 points by The Wine Advocate, emphasizing its "extraordinary depth and longevity."
  • Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards, underscoring its standing among global peers.

The 2020 Standish from The Standish Wine Company is a masterful creation that exemplifies the best of Barossa Valley Shiraz. It is a wine that tells the story of its origins – from the ancient vines of the Barossa to the hands of a winemaker committed to excellence. With its intricate layers, balanced power, and remarkable finish, The 2020 Standish is not only a tribute to the region’s rich winemaking heritage but also a beacon of its future potential.


Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerThe Standish Wine Company
StateSouth Australia
RegionBarossa Valley
VarietyShiraz
Year2020
Volume750 mL
Alcohol14%