2019 La Petite Vanguard Grenache
BLEWITT SPRINGS, MCLAREN VALE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
We’ve always thought of the La Petite Vanguard as being our example of a Bistro style wine – the experimental sibling to Vanguardist. Youthful & vibrant, with great drinkability, enhanced by layers of complexity from thoughtful use of solids, skin contact, oak, and other vessels.
“The final wine sees around 70% whole bunch, some carbonic, some more traditional. Old 500L puncheons housed the wine for about 8 months post press, before the final wine was blended and sent to bottle without fining or filtration.” Blewitt Springs. 180 dozen produced.
A musk perfume over red berry, meaty and spicy too, peanut shells and dried herb in the mix. It’s fresh and juicy, all the red berries, but layered in with spice, sap and some earthy stuff. Almost comes over like a cru Beaujolais, which is perhaps the intent, though of course it’s identifiably Grenache in character too. Tannin has a light grip, and the finish is good. It’s an excellent thing to drink.
92 POINTS - Gary Walsh, The Winefront
The summer of 2019 was brutal. There were several above 40-degree days that hit our dry grown vines hard, especially on the back of already drought conditions. We saw an excellent quality of Grenache across two different hand picks, but a lowly yield of around 15HL/Ha, 60% below the long-term average, and the lowest crop in the entire 51-year history.
The final wine sees around 70% whole bunch, some carbonic, some more traditional. Old 500L puncheons housed the wine for about 8 months post-press before the final wine was blended and sent to bottle without fining or filtration.
Dozen produced: 180
FSO2 at bottling: 5ppm