2020 Vanguardist Grenache McLaren Vale – The Vanguardist range represents the epitome of what they are about. Pushing the realms of standard winemaking to deliver intrigue, excitement and utmost quality… without any loss of sense of place. Ultimate dedication to the craft of viticulture and winemaking, encapsulated in a bottle – through their lens.
The Grenache that produces this wine comes from an outstanding vineyard in Blewitt Springs. A hidden gem of sorts, the high ‘Silver Sands’ vineyard was planted by Robert Rende and his father Michael some 50+ years ago. The summer of 2020 was the third hot and dry vintage in succession. Small patches of rain during critical moments helped the vines remain vibrant, yet crops were just a little above 50% of long-term average (18HL/Ha). The final wine sees around 50% whole bunch, slightly less than the past couple of releases.
A three-year-old 2200 litre Slavonian oak foudre, plus two French oak puncheons housed the wine for about 14 months post press, before the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
Medium bodied style, lots of red berry goodness – strawberries and raspberries, nice amount of herbs in the mix too. Tannins are fine and guide the wine. Minerally/stony feel. Long and engaging finish. Just excellent.
Single Price: $68.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $50.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $600.00