Vanguardist Blewitt Springs Grenache - McLaren Vale

Vanguardist Blewitt Springs Grenache 2020 - McLaren Vale

Vintage: 2020 | Type: Reds | Producer: Vanguardist Wines
Region: South Australia
Alc: 14.1%
Closure: Cork
Bottle size: 750ml

James Halliday Wine Companion
The Wine Front

$50.40: as part of any six
$56.00: single bottle
$604.80: per case of 12


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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.

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Our notes

The 2020 Grenache shows a touch less concentration than the 2019 with a clear ethereal Pinotesque feel to it, beautiful fragrance, gorgeous texture and mouthfeel, a pleasing savouriness and sap to balance the delicious sweet Grenache fruit, and those impressive Barolo like tannins that set this Grenache apart from many of its peers. 

Only 350 dozen were produced, and this will be the last time we will be able to offer this wine before it sells out completely. 

It’s a beautiful Grenache as always and seriously sought after by wine lovers all over Australia! 



"Shows rich and complex aromas of raspberries, dark berries and plums with savory, earthy, terra cotta-like notes, pomegranate and blueberries. Very fresh and lively, the palate is detailed and powerful with taut, fine tannins a highlight. Drink over the next decade."

Nick Stock

James Halliday Wine Companion

"I have always appreciated the style here: a pinosity of red fruits with a firm yet svelte etching of nebbiolo-esque bristly tannins. Sometimes, though, the ripeness was on the south side of ideal. Not this year! This sits pretty on a dial between elegance and sappier fruit, still defined by signature fine-boned tannic latticework and saline freshness. Darker cherry, anise, mint, thyme, rosemary and sandalwood. A whiff of orange zest, too. This address is now at the top of the stylistic totem pole and one of the few true regional benchmarks." - Ned Goodwin MW

Ned Goodwin MW

The Wine Front

"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."

Gary Walsh

Producers notes

Vanguardist Wines is, in it's heart, a collaborative project between three friends, each from varying walks of life,  that came to the realisation (after many a late evening in the sleepy town of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand) that they held the same ideals about wine. We all have jobs and take time outside of our everyday lives so that we have our own creative licence to produce wines that we love to drink. 

‘An experimental spirit at heart’

Driven by a passion for creating wines with intrigue, 'V' is about pushing the boundaries of ‘status quo’ wine making and viticulture. Wines that are delicious, textural and enticing.

In an industry that is awash with overly commercialised wines produced by corporates who take up all the elbow room, shout noisily across the table and flood the market with mass produced wine that are often guised as ‘boutique wines’, we wish to make a humble stand and be vanguardist in our methods.

'V' is a nod to the small guys looking to keep it real, forever striving to unlock the imagination and inspire those with curious palates.

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