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Jancis Robinson Review: Aust Women in Wine, London

Reviewed by Julia Harding MW November 13, 2017  Vanguardist Wines "MVG” Grenache 2016 Blewitt Springs McLaren Vale, SA 17/20 "25% stems, 6-10 months on skins. Old oak. Bright cherry red. Juicy fruit layering over lovely texture. Tannins are fine, compact and starting to resolve – they bring not only texture but freshness. The finish is dry and chewy with delicious sour red fruit intensity. Very good. (JH) 13.8% Drink 2017-2026"  Vanguardist Wines "CVR” Riesling 2016 Clare Valley, SA 17/20 "Barrel fermented but mostly old, various sizes. An interesting aroma that is fresh and citrusy but relatively restrained. A definite grip on the palate, perhaps not quite bone dry but that grip enhances the freshness and length. Distinctive style. Crisp and also quite...

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"The amazing Vanguardist Wines", review by Jamie Goode

The amazing Vanguardist Wines, from South Australia By Jamie Goode  3rd October, 2017 I was really pleased to try these wines (thanks to Christina Rasmussen for getting these samples to me). They’re from a relatively new project, Vanguardist, which is a collaboration between three people, Alexandra Maurisset, Edouard Maurisset-Latour and Michael Corbett. Corbett is the winemaker, and is based in the Clare Valley, but he’s a Kiwi: the three originally met and hatched their plans in 2012 in Hawke’s Bay. Production is small: 150 cases in the debut vintage of 2014 has grown to 800 in 2016, and there are plans for limited growth in the future. The wines are really lovely. This is what they say: In an industry that...

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2016 Vanguardist 'MVG' Grenache reviewed by The Wine Front

Reviewed by Gary Walsh August 16, 2017 95 PTS "Grapes sourced from 47 year old dry-grown bush vines at the high part of Blewitt Springs. No additions other than a little sulphur. Michael, the winemaker, has a very nice beard and he puts me in mind of a viking. 150 dozen produced. Raspberry, plenty of spice, a musk and rose perfume, and maybe some just wet earthiness in the background. Medium bodied, layers of flavour and spice – almost an Indian exotica here – thick and pleasantly chalky tannin, well settled acidity, and all that spice, earth and fresh raspberry closing out a very long finish. Personality plus. It tastes good, and just as importantly, it feels good. Almost Italianate."...

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2016 Vanguardist 'CVR' Riesling reviewed by The Wine Front

By Gary Walsh  17 August 2017 90 PTS "Hand-picked from a NE ridge of the Clare Valley with 40% spending six weeks on skins, the balance whole bunch basket pressed to old oak. No fining. No filtration. As an aside, I scored this wine 94 points last year in a big blind tasting of 2016 Clare Valley Riesling. Chamomile and honey, perhaps some ginger, more to apple than citrus, some aniseed. Medium weight, a slight cider vinegar tang, but not untoward, a dusting of peppery tannin, turning more to lime and lemon as it closes, fairly softly. Lots of interest, and a nice change of pace from the same old." http://www.winefront.com.au/vanguardist-wines-cvr-riesling-2016/ (subscription required) Buy this wine 

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