Standish – Andelmonde
– Shiraz
Case of 6

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

£330.00 Excl VAT

Case of 6

100% Shiraz, densely packed, with spiced minerals and sun drenched ironstone, with flavours of smoked cedar and roasted herbs.

61 in stock

SKU: 010515-127

Description

Case of 6

100% Shiraz, densely packed, with spiced minerals and sun drenched ironstone, with flavours of smoked cedar and roasted herbs.

Sourced from the Laycock Vineyard – Parbs Road, Greenock, Barossa Valley. Planted on own roots in 2002 (1.39 Hectare – 9ft x 6ft spacing) Ironstone gravels and schist over dark red clays at 314m above sea level. Densely packed, tightly wound and nervy, this is an archetypal ‘vin de garde’. Liquefied earth, spiced minerals and sundrenched ironstone are precociously bound with taut flavours of crème de mure, smoked cedar and roasted herbs. More akin to a focused young wine of Graves than its namesake’s home in the Northern Rhone, Andelmonde’s tightfisted youth will require many years of serenity before realizing its pinnacle.

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The Grape

Shiraz is the name given to the dark-skinned Syrah grape when grown in Australia and selected pockets of the New World. Though genetically identical, the stylistic differences between Shiraz and Syrah are pronounced enough to consider them distinct varieties. Shiraz is so important to Australian viticulture that it is the most planted grape variety in the majority of Australian vineyards and has become virtually synonymous with the country's wine regions, and in particular the Barossa Valley.

The term Shiraz has its roots in the New World, although there is no one story about how it came to be named this. The prevailing style of Shiraz winemaking reflects its New World roots, though, tending toward bright fruit flavors – most frequently blueberries, blackcurrants and black cherries. Secondary notes of chocolate lend themselves well to the full-bodied texture of these wines, often accented by pepper and spicy inflections.

During the 1990s and early 2000s a lot of Australian Shiraz was characterized by highly extracted, super-ripe wines that, for better or worse, caught the attention of wine critics around the world. Some responded well to the style, championing the rich and bold flavors, while others lambasted the wines' lack of subtlety. Regardless of the divided critics, consumer enthusiasm for Australian Shiraz flourished during this period and countless expressions of the style were exported around the world.

At the dawn of the 21st Century there was a tangible shift in the way a lot of Australian Shiraz was made, with cool-climate styles coming into their own and complexity gaining ground over sheer power. A new generation of wines began to emerge, working towards the elegantly spicy styles of the northern Rhone.

As with Syrah in the Rhone, Australian Shiraz is often blended with Grenache and Mourvedre, creating what has become widely known as GSM. The dark chocolate and cassis of Shiraz, coupled with the plummy richness of Grenache and the earthy, gamey strength of Mourvedre makes for a rich, opulent style often greater than the sum of its parts.

Case

Case of 6

2 reviews for Standish – Andelmonde
– Shiraz
Case of 6

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I was blown away by this wine. I’ve tasted lots and lots of Barossa reds, this is perhaps the best. The density and intensity of colour made me suspect it was going to be one of those big, spoofy styles, but it wasn’t at all. There’s not a hint of over-ripeness here, and it weighs in at 13.5% alcohol, even though it is a concentrated beast. Intensely coloured, the palate is hugely concentrated with dense, dark, ripe fruit beautifully framed by the fresh acidity and spicy, earthy savouriness. It’s beautifully judged with firm structure underpinning the sweet fruit, and the oak playing a supporting role. This is a powerful but balanced wine. One of the best examples of Barossa Shiraz I’ve ever tried.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    One of the finest shiraz to come out of the Barossa

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