2021 Vanguardist Wines Blewitt Springs Mourvedre
Matured in a single French oak vat for 16 months. Bright red to dark red colour with black tinged edges and a light red hue. Nosing offers up red plum, raspberry and red liquorice aromas followed by some vanillin cedar and subtle earthy dried herb notes. Spicy red plum, red liquorice and blueberry fruits are scattered across the mid weighted palate which shows good flesh. Subtle scorched earth and peppered dried herb elements sit underneath. Grainy tannins and lively acidity with a spicy red fruited finish.
Cellar 5-6 years.
I sat down with Michael Corbett last Saturday, to taste his new releases, and all the Grenache wines he’s made. It was excellent, but more on that later. This is from approximately 30 year old vines up at Yangarra.
Plenty of spice, white pepper, blue flowers, red and blue fruits, a subtle honey nut and grilled meat character. It’s bright, all boysenberry and blueberry, only medium-bodied, crisp and lively, a slatey/mineral character to acidity, fine dusty concrete tannin, sappy dried herb stuff, pulling crunchy and red fruited on a long finish. Wonderful level of energy and vibrant feel here. It showed no sign of tiring after being open for two days either.
Gary Walsh – The Wine Front
This is very good, edging from an ascetic past into a glimmer of near-perfect ripeness. I'd like to see another half degree, although there is nothing particularly green about it aside from a skirt of tannin, just a bit edgy. Succulent, all the same. Beef bouillon, a smear of green olive, mulberry, clove, white pepper and multitudinous spices. Not as flamboyant as the grenache, nor as intriguing as the rosé, but there is an understated cool and plenty of class.
Drink by 2028.
Ned Goodwin – James Halliday’s Wine Companion