2020 Vanguardist MVG Grenache

McLaren Vale, SA

Simply one of Australia's finest Grenaches each and every year. McLaren Vale Greatness.

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Very fresh and lively, the palate is detailed and powerful with taut, fine tannins a highlight.

97 Points - Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

About The Wine

This beautiful example of McLaren Vale Grenache comes from a rugged old bush vines planted in Blewitt Springs almost 50 years ago.

A delicate handling in the winery by winemaker Michael Corbett has perfectly preserved the ethereal quality that these old vines produce. The epic aromatics, the glorious texture, the vivaciousness of this wine is something to behold.

This is the quintessential modern McLaren Vale Grenache and just a stunning thing to drink and set to be one of the most sought-after Grenache releases in Australia this year.

About Vanguardist

Vanguardist is an up and coming producer from McLaren Vale started by three friends after many long nights in Hawkes Bay talking about their shared love of wine.

Their mission is to bring premium, authentic, small-batch wines to a market they see as crowded by "overly commercialised wines produced by corporates who take up all the elbow room."

They source very high-quality fruit from great vineyards across South Australia, looking to build wines with texture and vibrancy.

With experienced winemaker Michael Corbett at the helm, the future looks bright for this plucky challenger brand.

Winemaker Michael Corbett
Winemaker Michael Corbett
Photo Credit: Brad Fleet
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From The Producer

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.

Blend : Grenache (100%)
ABV : 14.10%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Michael Corbett
Winemaker Michael Corbett
Photo Credit: Daniel Purvis
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Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"Vanguardist is all about Grenache, and I reckon, this is the best wine of the 2020 releases. Raised in big Slav oak, with a few puncheons taking up the rest.Dried roses, baking spices, raspberry and dried strawberry, with a smattering of dried herb. Medium-bodied, supple, red fruited, spicy and dusty feel, the etch-a-sketch of tannin here is really so lovely, maybe some sour cherry too, garrigue, and a stony feel, fresh but dry, with a pumice stone tannin ‘mineral’ feel on a long dry finish. A little more bony and subdued than the last couple of vintages, but none the worse for that in a way, just light and shade of vintage playing out, as is appropriate. Wonderful and individual expression of Grenache." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

97Points
James Suckling.com

"Shows rich and complex aromas of raspberries, dark berries and plums with savory, earthy, terra cotta-like notes, pomegranate and blueberries. Very fresh and lively, the palate is detailed and powerful with taut, fine tannins a highlight. Drink over the next decade." - Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

96Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"I have always appreciated the style here: a pinosity of red fruits with a firm yet svelte etching of nebbiolo-esque bristly tannins. Sometimes, though, the ripeness was on the south side of ideal. Not this year! This sits pretty on a dial between elegance and sappier fruit, still defined by signature fine-boned tannic latticework and saline freshness. Darker cherry, anise, mint, thyme, rosemary and sandalwood. A whiff of orange zest, too. This address is now at the top of the stylistic totem pole and one of the few true regional benchmarks." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

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Lovely Grenache

Lovely smooth and elegant Grenache, easy drinking

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Vanguardist Grenache 2019

Beautifull balanced of mineral qualities with fruit tones of rose and cherries. This wine starts off light yet has depth and full bodied finish.

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Vanguardist Grenache

Fabulous wine, lighter in style, but with an abundance of flavours. Just medium weight and if you haven't tried grenache because of big alcoholic monsters of yore, you should try this.

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Wow

I know i have touched this too early but couldn't help myself. lovely stuff , grippy tannins but super long. so much going on, lovely stuff proving i think grenache as such an aussie underdog yet againn

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