2019 La Petite Vanguard Nouveau GSM

2019 La Petite Vanguard Nouveau GSM




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 summer of 2019 was brutal. This is the first time we had worked with this vineyard and unfortunately, it was the lowest crop in its 17 year existence. It’s all interplanted field blend bush vines of approximately 40% Grenache, 35% Shiraz, 25% Mourvedre. We yielded a mere 7HL/Ha, 70% below the long-term average.

We picked early. The 16th of February to be exact. The earliest this vineyard has ever been picked. The final wine was made up of 70% whole bunch with an extended maceration of 7 weeks on skins and stems.

A single demi-muid (600L) is where the wine spent elevage for 10 months prior to being sent to bottle without fining or filtration.

Dozen produced: 65
FSO2 at bottling: 10ppm
TSO2: 30ppm
pH: 3.53
TA: 6.8g/L
Alcohol: 11.6%