The Grenache that produces this wine comes from an outstanding vineyard in Blewitt Springs. A hidden gem of sorts, the high ‘Silver Sands’ vineyard was planted by Robert Rende and his father Michael some 50+ years ago. The summer of 2020 was the third hot and dry vintage in succession. Small patches of rain during critical moments helped the vines remain vibrant, yet crops were just a little above 50% of long-term average (18HL/Ha). The final wine sees around 50% whole bunch, slightly less than the past couple of releases.
A three-year-old 2200 litre Slavonian oak foudre, plus two French oak puncheons housed the wine for about 14 months post press, before the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
'Vanguardist is all about Grenache, and I reckon, this is the best wine of the 2020 releases. Raised in big Slav oak, with a few puncheons taking up the rest.
Dried roses, baking spices, raspberry and dried strawberry, with a smattering of dried herb. Medium-bodied, supple, red fruited, spicy and dusty feel, the etch-a-sketch of tannin here is really so lovely, maybe some sour cherry too, garrigue, and a stony feel, fresh but dry, with a pumice stone tannin ‘mineral’ feel on a long dry finish. A little more bony and subdued than the last couple of vintages, but none the worse for that in a way, just light and shade of vintage playing out, as is appropriate. Wonderful and individual expression of Grenache.' - 95 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
- McLaren Vale