2022 Vanguardist MVG Grenache

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One of the finest Grenache wines to be released in Australia every year. With the 2022 picking up 97 points from Gary Walsh at The Wine Front, this won't be around for long!
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Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
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Description

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

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. It's set to be one of the most sought-after Grenache releases in Australia this year.

97 Points
"An outstanding Grenache. Is it the best Australian Grenache? I think maybe so. Superb."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

97 Points
"This producer is hitting a peak of elegance, poise and exquisite detail, meshed with ripeness... This is gorgeous contemporary Aussie grenache, effortlessly rivalling the world's very best... Exceptional."
- Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

The Vanguardist range represents the epitome of what we 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 our lens.

OLD BUSH VINE GRENACHE FARMED ORGANICALLY BY ROBERT RENDE AND VANGUARDIST

VINEYARD AND WINERY
The Grenache used in crafting this wine originates from the magical 'Silver Sands' vineyard in Blewitt Springs, a hidden gem planted over 50 years ago by Robert Rende and his father, Michael. This vintage is the eighth release of this wine and the viticulture is now fully managed by Michael J Corbett.

Mother nature dealt a season with very moderate temperatures, marked by coolness and abundant rainfall during the summer and around harvest time. The cooler season contributed to the wine showing a captivating tension, finesse, elevated acidity, refined tannins, prominent lifted fruits, and distinct minerality.

First pick from this vineyard for 2022 was on March 9th, with subsequent picks on the 13th, 17th, and 23rd. Pressure and tensions were high while assessing the fruit readiness and looming weather forecasts. The duration of the harvest spanned 14 days in entirety, a contrast to the 8-week picking period seen in 2021. However, 2022 yielded around a similar 38HL/Ha, still maintaining close to the 50+ year long-term average.

This release marks a significant milestone, as for the first time, we've extended the wine's release to 24 months—a goal long held and now achieved. The key to this two-year cycle lies in the wine's second winter spent in large format oak (Foudre), followed by bottling at the point when the cellar temperature becomes perfect for bottling. This extended period allows for additional bottle aging before its official release in March 2024.

Limited to just 250 dozen bottles, approximately half the production of the 2021 vintage, this wine stands as a testament to our commitment to quality. Bottled without any fining or filtration.

250 dozen produced + 60 x 1.5L magnum
Closure: DIAM Origine 10 49x24.2mm
FS02: at bottling 24ppm
TSO2: 58ppm
pH: 3.33
TA: 6.2g/L
Alcohol: 13.9%

97 Points - "These wines often have a Nebbiolo-like quality to them (which I love), and no change here. Release is March 2024. Cherry, liquorice root, dried roses, mint, cinnamon and sweet spice; so aromatic and compelling. It’s medium-bodied, distinctly stony and ferrous, with cool acidity, flavour delivered with restraint and lack of overt sweetness, superb length and balance. The fine chalky tannin, the precision – all just so. An outstanding Grenache. Is it the best Australian Grenache? I think maybe so. Superb." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

97 Points - "This producer is hitting a peak of elegance, poise and exquisite detail, meshed with ripeness. The wine was pushed a little toward the greener side in the past in the name of acid, but not now. Old-vine Blewitt Springs fruit gives notes of red cherries, plums, amaro liqueur, pickled orange zest and root spices. This is gorgeous contemporary Aussie grenache, effortlessly rivaling the world's very best. It’s medium-bodied with a sandy scrub of tannin that’s gently rocky. Exceptional. Drink or hold." - Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

Customer Reviews

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 10 reviews
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10 reviews
  • MR
    Michael R.
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    1 month ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Brilliant

    Possibly the most enjoyable Grenache i've tasted.

  • DS
    Damian S.
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    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    1 month ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    A savoury red berry laser beam

    This is not plush, but bright red fruits and broth on the finish beneath the felt-like tannins. Very good indeed. Very classy.

  • RM
    Robert M.
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    1 month ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Ethereal Grenache

    X factor. delicious. deserves all the accolades. tannins are fine & persistent

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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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