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Reviews for Advance Release Wines

 

James Halliday

www.winecompanion.com.au

Advance Release Schuller Rd. Grenache, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale 2017

95 pts

‘From 80yo dry-grown bushvines, 400 numbered bottles made. Very good bright purple-crimson hue: it is uninhibitedly juicy, flush with all the red berries you’d care to name. For the record, the wine is not the least reduced.’ Screwcap. 14.5% alc. To: 2027.

 

 

Jancis Robinson MW

www.jancisrobinson.com

Advance Release Schuller Rd Grenache 2017

16.5pts 

 

"Transparent crimson. Sweetly fruity nose that is more recognisably Grenache than the Smart 2017 bottling. This seems better balanced to me that the Smart - less austere even if also clearly informed by the need to express terroir, possibly even in finely-ground form! This has delicacy but obvious charm and the fine tannins and acidity make their presence felt only at the very end. Very clean, refreshing finish. Very nice wine in a style some would not recognise from the McLaren Vale reds of even the recent past. It does actually taste light..."

 

Campbell Mattinson

www.winefront.com.au

Advance Release Schuller Rd Grenache, McLaren Vale 2017

91+pts

 

"Fresh, tangy grenache with redcurrant, clove, licorice and musk notes floating through the palate. This is so fresh, so nervy, it almost feels as though there’s some spritz. Tannin is fine; there’s a general impression of succulence; balance is spot on'.

 

Gary Walsh

www.winefront.com.au

Advance Release Schuller Rd Grenache, McLaren Vale 2017

94pts

'Earthy, cumin spice, darker fruit, black raspberry, blackberry, exotic feel. Medium weight, spice, raspberry, good depth of flavor, open weave tannin, big finish. A bit of grunt, yet still fine. July 2018'.

 

 

James Halliday

www.winecompanion.com.au

Advance Release Smart Vineyard. Grenache, Clarendon, McLaren Vale 2017

94 pts

‘Has a darker fruit range than the Schuller Rd., and some tannins in the mix. Very good wine but with a slightly less good welcome mat.’ Screwcap. 14% alc. To: 2027.

 

 

Jancis Robinson MW

www.jancisrobinson.com

Advance Release Smart Vineyard Grenache 2017

 17pts

 

"Transparent garnet. Intensely heady, lifted nose with some animal notes. So mineral on the palate it tastes as though some rocks were macerated in here! Fresh - marked acidity - and bone dry on the end.  Maybe they could afford to let this wine taste a little sweeter for pleasure purposes? But you have to admire what Sydney wine writer and natural wine proponent Mike Bennie would call 'the intention'. Clearcut aims achieved of making a thoroughly 21st century wine. Grenache as Burgundy? I think personally I'd like the fruit just to be slightly more prioritised over that drying mineral quality. But then it's awfully young...."

 

 

Campbell Mattinson

www.winefront.com.au

Advance Release Smart Vineyard Grenache, McLaren Vale 2017

95pts

 

"Tip-top grenache. So perfumed, so detailed, so lengthy. Earth, woodsmoke, cranberry and redcurrant. Dry spices and lots of them. Cloves. Meat. A fan of tang and fragrance. Light on its feet but insistent. A ripper."

 

Gary Walsh

www.winefront.com.au

Advance Release Smart Vineyard Grenache, McLaren Vale 2017

95- 96pts

 

‘Pretty, bright, raspberry, strawberry, perfume, rose and milk chocolate. Light, it’s brightly lit, from behind, cranberry juice, delicacy and flavor, so fine, pretty and long, with a kitten’s tongue tannin. Just beautiful. Pippy aftertaste, with a touch orange rind. Dry too. Energetic. July 2018’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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