Standish Shiraz 1999
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Robert Parker 92
"Aged 28 months in neutral French oak, and bottled without filtration, this is a spectacular effort. An opaque purple color accompanies fabulous aromas of creosote, blackberry liqueur, melted licorice, and truffles. This layered, opulently-textured, extremely concentrated 1999 possesses low acidity, spectacular fruit purity, and massive palate presence. This is not for readers looking for understated, restrained, European-inspired reds. It is a classic Barossa Valley, nearly over the top Shiraz fruit bomb.
Dan Standish, who has worked for David Powell of Torbreck fame, produced this Shiraz from 87-year old vines. Anticipated maturity: now-2015."