La Petite Vanguard Grenache 2021
Vanguardist Wines has always thought of the La Petite Vanguard as being their 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.
VINEYARD AND WINERY
Having half decent winter rainfall gave us hope for a more abundant season than the past few. The season turned out to be very kind. Hot at times, but never too hot. Wet at times, and thankfully never too wet. The season started early with our first of 5 picks on the 20th of February, and the final pick on the 18th of April. They saw an excellent quality of Grenache across the several hand picks, with a yield of around 38HL/Ha, close to the long-term average for the first time since 2017.
The final wine sees around 60% whole bunch, some carbonic, some more traditional. Mature 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.