2013 Glaetzer-Dixon Family Wines "Avance" Pinot Noir Tasmania

SKU #1208893 93 points James Halliday

 Bold aromatics. Combines sweetness and savoury, herbal notes to great effect. Ripe, juicy raspberry and strawberry fruit flavours come face to face with dry woody spice, aniseed and sweet smoke. It's an unusual profile but its appeal is clear.  (3/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2013 Avance Pinot Noir offers notes of crushed red currants, fresh black cherries and aniseed with hints of tree bark and dried herbs. Light to medium-bodied, the palate is bold and expressive with a savory / meaty character coming through with exotic spices, supported by a good spine of grainy tannins and finishing with good length and just enough freshness. (LPB)  (4/2015)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red. High-pitched red berry, floral and Asian spice scents show excellent focus and vivacity, with a hint of white pepper coming up with air. Intensely floral on the palate, offering sweet strawberry, raspberry and rose pastille flavors and a deeper note of violet. This weightless, mineral-driven pinot finishes with outstanding clarity and length. (JR)  (7/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Fleeting hints of rose petals add allure to this wine's aromas of black cherries, cola and spice. Unlike some Tasmanian Pinots, it's generous and round in the mouth, with warm spice notes combining with plum and cola on the finish. (JC)  (12/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Soft and ripe, with a tang of acidity to balance the richness. The cherry, orange and tea flavors linger well, finishing with an open texture. (HS, Web-2015)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9