2014 The Schubert Theorem, Barossa ValleVarenummer: 109076
100% Shiraz - Sourced from various sections of the Schubert Vineyard - Roennfeldt Road, Marananga. Planted on own roots between 1994 & 1999 (12ft x 8ft spacing). The soils are deep red/brown earths with eroded protrusions of crystalline quartz - ranging between 272-296m above sea level.
The Schubert Theorem lies within a branch of mathematics known as 'knot theory'. It states that any knot can be uniquely decomposed as the connected sum of prime knots. Aptly named, this wine deconstructs the Schubert family vineyard into its distinct sections, taking the finest elements of each, re-assembling to connect and enhance their strengths.
If this isn't some of the sexiest packaging in the known wine universe I don't know what is. Black embossed 'theorem' notations sit on a shiny black label. The back label a bare minimum of information and a punt deeper than a black hole. I feel fancy holding it. Cue the Gregorian chants.
Standish's wines are from the classic 'no-compromise' school of winemaking with infinitesimal attention to detail yet a fluid sense of vins de terroir. This bad boy is sourced from the Schubert Vineyard in Marananga, and set on deep reddy-brown earth with quartz jutting out of it. The Schubert Theorem, by-the-by, 'lies within the branch of mathematics known as 'knot theory", for those that are concerned.
A billowy entree to the wine – very dark berry fruit with faint game character, a slap of brambles, dry earth and lifted sweet spice of cloves and cinnamon. Deeply complex aromatics that preclude the layered, densely packed palate. Liquid minerality runs as a vein through the wine while Alpine herbs take care of its boundaries. Sleek cedar and nougat brings a touch of sweetness, there is some blood sausage/game character, but the lithe feel of the wine is brought alive with the bright, briary red and black forest fruits. Cool, almost refreshing, with an irrepressible presence and the underlying muscle and tension of a marathon runner. Will go the distance but superb now too.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front