Vanguardist is a small project based in McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley, headed by Michael Corbett. These wine subscribe to all that is natural about wine, but remain approachable, very much bucking the trend that natural wine has to be 'weird.' This is surely what wine is all about - innovative, exciting and, above all, delcious! This pack contains one bottle each of the Vanguardist new releases - a Grenache, Riesling and Semillon blend. Below are the reviews from Gary Walsh at the Wine Front.
Vanguardist Grenache 2018 - 95+ points
Rich ripe raspberry, baking spices, musk and roses, subtle earthiness. Cool, clean, rich in red fruit, but keeps itself neat and tidy, sage and cinnamon spiced nuts, beautiful sweep of ripe pixelated tannin, pure acidity, very long with raspberry and perfume trailing, and more of that graphite tannin cleaning up the finish. Outstanding
Vanguardist Riesling 2018 - 94 points
Aniseed, lime, cinnamon dusted apple, flowers. Full flavour and almost creamy powdery texture, cut back of juicy lime acidity, spicy perfume, crunchy green apple finish of excellent length. Sure, it’s a bit different to your typical Clare Valley Riesling, but that’s the point.
Vanguardist Blanc 2018 - 94 points
Here we have 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc from the Bowe-Lees-Loveys vineyard in Woodside. Lime, cut fennel, mild herbal fragrance. It’s tight, with slightly nutty sake-like flavour, fine powdery texture, intense yet quiet, with a very long limey finish. I was reviewing wine solo, but nipped off to pinch some of the kids’ Chinese dumplings, and coming back now, this wine is really singing.