2018 Vanguardist Grenache
SOURCED FROM R. RENDE
BLEWITT SPRINGS, MCLAREN VALE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
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.
“Cloth label. Hand sorted cork. Blewitt Springs. Made my Michael Corbett, who’s an all round choice bro.
Rich ripe raspberry, baking spices, musk and roses, subtle earthiness. Cool, clean, rich in red fruit, but keeps itself neat and tidy, sage and cinnamon spiced nuts, beautiful sweep of ripe pixelated tannin, pure acidity, very long with raspberry and perfume trailing, and more of that graphite tannin cleaning up
the finish. Outstanding.”
95+ POINTS, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
The Grenache that poduces this wine comes from an outstanding spot in Blewitt Springs. A hidden gem of sorts, the high ‘Silver Sands’ vineyard was planted by Robert Rende and his father some 48 years ago. The summer of 2018 was brutal, due to several above 40-degree days which stressed even our dry grown goblet vines. We saw an excellent quality of Grenache across several different hand picks come into the winery, albeit a lowly yield of around 20HL/Ha, which is 40% below the long-term average. The final wine sees around 40% whole bunch, some carbonic, some more traditional.
A mixture of newer and older puncheons housed the wine for about ten months post press, before the final wine was blended by gravity and bottled without fining or filtration.
190 dozen produced + 18 x 3L
Closure: MA Silva 45x25mm natural cork ( 1 by 1 TCA tested)
FSO2: at bottling 26ppm