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Forget Pinot Noir: Grenache Is Finally Getting The Respect It Deserves

  15 AUGUST 2017, written by Nick Ryan. Forget the misconceptions – and that darkened bottle of pinot – in favour of a grape having its moment in the sun.   When you write about booze for a living, people treat you like a wine guide turned flesh. And the one bit of advice I’m asked more than any other is this: “What’s the best pinot noir under $50?” My answer is always the same: “Grenache.” One of the most widely planted grape varieties in the world, grenache has been rooted in Australian soil since our earliest winemaking days and has been woefully underappreciated for too many years. But that’s changing. This is a golden age of grenache, a blessed time when insightful...

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Young Gun: Michael J Corbett, United Nations

Young Gun Winemaker: Australian & NZ Grapegrower & Winemaker Magazine By Daniel Whyntie,  February 2017 – Issue 637, www.winetitles.com.au Vanguardist is an eccentric example of what a multinational wine business can look like in the globalized economy. With an eye on a distinct premium market, winemaker Michael John Corbett moved from New Zealand to Australia to start a wine business with two friends living in France. Daniel Whyntie reports. Image courtesy of Daniel Purvis WHAT STARTED as a collaborative project between three friends shows how a strong vision can grow a company; even when its members are in different countries. The group slowly came to a realisation, along many late nights in the sleepy town of Hawkes Bay, that they held the same ideals about wine. THE G3 SUMMIT Alexandra...

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2016 "C'est Facile" Riesling, Clare Valley reviewed by The Australian Financial Review

By Tim White, The Australian Financial Review November 16, 2016 94 PTS "This smells a bit wild and uncontrolled, in a really exciting way. Mixed pulpy rind and yellow stonefruit kernel fruit; there's a woody, cedar-spicy note too. Has a plumpness and viscosity in the mouth, with grapefruit nectarine tanginess. Complex acid structure that breaks beautifully at the back of the palate, where it gets meally-nutty, tight and bitter. Yum and fun."  More details... 

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2016 "C'est Facile" Grenache reviewed by The Wine Front

Campbell Mattinson October 17, 2016 93/100 Points  "25% whole bunch, delicate handling, old oak, gravity racked and bottled.” Only 250 dozen. From the winery’s website: “A small amount of destemmed and hand plunged fruit was used, as well as an extended maceration portion that spent 5 months on skins.” Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Excellent grenache. Not thick or in any way overdone. Ripe and expressive yet fine-boned; and that’s the wine’s key. Shot with spice, red cherry, redcurrant and mineral. Smoke-infused in a subtle/integrated way. Gamey tannin complements and enhances the picture. As delicious as it is impressive."  

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2015 Vanguardist 'CVR' Clare Valley Riesling

By Gary Walsh, The Wine Front 08 April 2016. 90 PTS Raised in barrels rather than stainless steel. Unfined. Unfiltered. 150 dozen made. "Not your usual Clare Valley Riesling, that’s for sure, which is no bad thing either. Pie apple, whiff of chamomile tea, lime, slight yeast and briny character. It’s smooth in the mouth, almost soft and silky, with the apple flavour dominating, but kind of savoury with it too. Gentle talcum powder texture, with limey acidity and nutty flavours pushing through on the finish. Interesting wine, though likely more interesting if they really pushed the boat out and held on skins for a good long while. Though maybe that’s just me."  http://www.winefront.com.au/vanguardist-wines-cvr-riesling-2015/

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