Dan Standish’s Schubert Theorem Shiraz 3009, Barossa Valley


The Schubert Theorem shiraz was first released in 2009 and was made from 10+ year old vines off Roennfeldt Rd in Marananga. We’re talking about an area from which the famed Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Rd shiraz, Two Hands and the Tscharke shirazes hail from. Good solid stuff essentially. But now you throw in Dan’s top notch winemaking approach, and I shed some hesitation of taking on the big alcoholic wines of the BV which I’ve weaned myself off over the years. Partly aged in new French oak barriques, I’m expecting a young emerging big wine here. Just like its label, dark and impenetrable deep purple color makes me wonder how nuts I am pulling this on a warm Melbourne evening. Smoky clove spiced nose of mulberries, dried Chinese plums, bramble berry fruit. I’m getting a touch of ferric gamey meat too. The smooth velvet mouthfeel is very comforting for the heady alcohol (14.5%) before the full-bodied push of rich layered flavours kick in. Intense dense flavours of dark plums, mulberries, game meats, less sweetness more savoury for me. The tannins are soft velvety, and prop up the wine so well. This is drinking well now, and should for the next decade or so. AUD$94 from Cloudwine. 93-95.

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I am a neuroscience researcher in Melbourne, Australia with a keen interest in wines of the world.
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