2019 La Petite Vanguard Grenache

2019 La Petite Vanguard Grenache




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.  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
TSO2: 30ppm
pH: 3.42
TA: 6.5g/L
Alcohol: 13.3%