2017 Vanguardist 'MVG'
100% Grenache sourced from Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, South Australia.
The three Vanguardists share a torrid love for grenache and its not hard to see why. This is beguilingly graceful grenache, rippling with cranberries and dried raspberries, some dry herb and fennel seed. Supple acidity, whispering tannins, a skilfully subtle deployment of structure.
Nick Ryan - The Australian Newspaper
The Grenache that makes up this wine comes from outstanding spot in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. A hidden gem of sorts, the high ‘Silver Sands’ vineyard was planted by Robert Rende and his father 47 years ago. He has nurtured these dry farmed bush vines with minimal intervention, and we are now implementing organic practices in the vineyard.
We use small (1T) fermenters to separate batches and pick the vineyard several times to ensure a spectrum of flavours and natural acid balance. Various methods including maceration carbonique, partial destem and extended maceration of up to 287 days were used. Minimal physical extraction is implemented (no pumping and very minimal pigeage), rather time with skins/stems sees the development of tannin, flavour and aroma.
All batches are kept separate in a mixture of barriques and puncheons, and after about a year of elevage the different batches are blended just prior to bottling. No fining or filtration is used, and minimal SO2 of around 80PPM total is added at bottling.
200 dozen made.Alcohol: 13.9%