2018 La Petite Vanguard Bistro Rouge
75% GRENACHE, BLEWITT SPRINGS, MCLAREN VALE
25% SYRAH, SEVENHILL, CLARE VALLEY
We’ve always thought of the La Petite Vanguard as being our example of a Bistro style wine – the experimental baby brother to the Vanguardist. Youthful & vibrant, with great drinkability, countered by layers of complexity from thoughtful use of solids, skin contact, oak and other vessels.
The summer of 2018 was brutal, due to several above 40-degree days, and hit our dry grown vines especially hard. We saw an excellent quality of Grenache across several different hand picks, but a lowly yield of around 20HL/Ha, 40% below the long-term average.
We decided to use a small parcel of Syrah to both flesh out, and bring a little extra volume to the small parcel of Grenache destined for La Petite. The Bistro Rouge was born.
The final wine sees around 70% whole bunch, some carbonic, some more traditional. Old hogsheads and puncheons housed the wine for about 4 months post press, before the final wine was blended and sent to bottle without fining or filtration.-
Dozen produced: 220