2019 La Petite Vanguard Riesling
CLARE VALLEY, 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, countered 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 Churinga Vineyard hard, especially on the back of already drought conditions. We saw an excellent quality of Riesling across two different hand picks, but a small yield of around 24HL/Ha, 35% below the long-term average.
The bunches and berries were small, and some exposure to extra light had left potential phenolic quantity higher than previous years. For this reason, extended skin contact was not used for either the La Petite, or Vanguardist Rieslings in V2019. Some skin contact and very oxidative handling occurred pre-press. High solids, natural ferment took place in 22HL foudre and the wine went through full malolactic fermentation in oak. After approximately 9 months elevage in foudre, the wine is now bottled without fining or filtration.
Dozen produced: 250
FSO2 at bottling: 8ppm