Vanguardist 'V' Grenache 2022


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Region: McLaren Vale
Grapes: Grenache
First Glance: Fine-Etched Tannin, Red Fruit, Bold Perfume, Spice 
Acclaim: 97pts

The Wine:
The Grenache used in crafting this wine originates from the magical 'Silver Sands' vineyard in Blewitt Springs, a hidden gem planted over 50 years ago by Robert Rende and his father, Michael. This vintage is the eighth release of this wine and the viticulture is now fully managed by Michael J Corbett.

Mother nature dealt a season with very moderate temperatures, marked by coolness and abundant rainfall during the summer and around harvest time. The cooler season contributed to the wine showing a captivating tension, finesse, elevated acidity, refined tannins, prominent lifted fruits, and distinct minerality.

Limited to just 250 dozen bottles, approximately half the production of the 2021 vintage, this wine stands as a testament to our commitment to quality. Bottled without any fining or filtration.

The Review:
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - 97pts
"Cherry, liquorice root, dried roses, mint, cinnamon and sweet spice; so aromatic and compelling. It’s medium-bodied, distinctly stony and ferrous, with cool acidity, flavour delivered with restraint and lack of overt sweetness, superb length and balance. The fine chalky tannin, the precision – all just so. An outstanding Grenache. Is it the best Australian Grenache?  I think maybe so. Superb."