2020 La Petite Vanguard - Grenache
BLEWITT SPRINGS, MCLAREN VALE, 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, enhanced by layers of complexity from thoughtful use of solids, skin contact, oak and other vessels.
Following the brutal 2019 vintage was always going to be tough. It had been dry & hot for two consecutive vintages and the season leading up to 2020 was not too much different. Luckily, we had a few spots of rain at critical points, and we limped over the line with slightly more crop than in 2019. We saw an excellent quality of Grenache across several hand picks, with a lowly yield of around 19HL/Ha, close to 50% below the long-term average.
The final wine sees around 50% whole bunch, some carbonic, some more traditional. Aged 500L puncheons and 600L demi-muid housed the wine for about 6 months post press, before the final wine was blended and sent to bottle without fining or filtration.
Dozen produced: 220
FSO2 at bottling: 10ppm