2022 Vanguardist Mourvedre

Vanguardist |McLaren Vale |Mataro/Mourvedre
Perfumed and powerful McLaren Vale Mourvedre (Mataro) from Vanguardist. Savoury, complex and more full-bodied than its Grenache siblings.

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Mourvedre and Grenache are an-oft seen wine combination, and Vanguardist has been using fruit sourced from this Yangarra vineyard in Blewitt Springs in their other wines for a while. This expression of Mourvedre as a single variety is a gorgeously big savoury number.

Very Rhoney, with the wild herbs and gamey meat characters that are so varietally aligned. Dark fruited with blackberry and blueberries, and the mouthfeel is slnewy and chewy.

About a third whole bunches used in the wine, with sixteen months ageing in quality French oak. The vineyard is certified organic and biodynamic.

MOURVÈDRE SOURCED FROM YANGARRA ESTATE BLEWITT SPRINGS, MCLAREN VALE

The Vanguardist range represents the epitome of what we are about. Pushing the realms of standard winemaking to deliver intrigue, excitement and full recognition of this special and distinct terroir. Ultimate dedication to the craft of viticulture and winemaking, encapsulated in a bottle – through our lens.

VINEYARD AND WINERY
Mourvèdre sourced from Yangarra Estate, which is both organic and Bio-dynamic certified.

At the core of our winemaking philosophy is a profound belief in the potential of Rhône varieties here in South Australia. This focus is an integral part of our master plan, guiding every step of our winemaking journey. This is the third iteration of this wine, and grown just a stone's throw away from the Vanguardist Grenache (Rende) site. We have become staunch advocates of the captivating potential Mourvèdre holds in the Australian terroir.

Handpicked on the 23rd of March, the moderate temperatures and well timed summer rainfall, played a pivotal role in shaping the unique character of this vintage. A slow period of ripening has contributed to the tension and powerful mineral fruit in the wine. The final blend has 30% whole bunch, which has built layers of complexity and structure, whilst showcasing the distinct terroir.

Maturation is a carefully orchestrated dance, with the wine spending two months in puncheons, followed by a substantial 16 months in large format oak (Foudre). Finally two months in stainless steel tank, before making its way into the bottle.

As with the Grenache, this release presents an extended aging process before its release. True to our commitment, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration, allowing the authentic expression of the Mourvèdre grape and the unique terroir of Yangarra Estate to shine through in every sip.

215 dozen produced + 36 x 1.5L magnum
Closure: DIAM Origine 10 49x24.2mm
FSO2: at bottling18ppm
TSO2: 53ppm
pH: 3.52
TA: 6.0g/L
Alcohol: 14.2%

96 points - "The fruit comes off Yangarra’s biodynamic vineyard; 30% whole bunches, a couple of months in puncheon then 16 months in foudre before assembly and two months of cohesion in tank before bottling. This is a revelation, trading in the grape’s commonly gruff and rugged facade for something more perfumed and serene, but without losing connection to varietal fidelity. Violet, lavender and rose hover over a melange of weightless blue, black and red fruits accented with hard herbs, dusty spice notes, new leather, slate, iodine and pepper. It’s mid-weight with a supple, seductive mid-palate and expansive perfume in the mouth followed by an assured anchoring of fine natural stem/skin/seed tannins. As said, it’s a revelation." - Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

95 points - "Signature of classic Mataro rides high here. It’s meaty, orange peel and lavender, blue and black fruit, dried herb and spice, some liquorice. Medium-bodied, feel the tactile grip of tannin, the wild savoury meat and herb flavours, black olive, delicious grainy chew to it, and beef jerky. It’s taking a walk on the wild side, with a dry silty tannin finish of excellent length. It’s earthy and assertive. You want it darker? I’m ready my Lord." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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 - Photo Credit: Brad Fleet Vanguardist

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