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Vanguardist Rende Grenache - McLaren Vale

Vanguardist Rende Grenache 2018 - McLaren Vale

Vintage: 2018 | Type: Reds | Producer: Vanguardist Wines
Region: South Australia
Alc: 13.6%
Closure: Cork
Bottle size: 750ml

97 POINTS
The Wine Front

$160.00: single bottle
$480.00: per case of 3

Maximum buy quantity no greater than 3 bottles.


"I’d say it’s a benchmark for Grenache.” - Gary Walsh, WINEFRONT 97 POINTS 

Our Notes: 

It has power as expected from a Blewitt Springs Grenache, but it seems weightless and literally seems to float on the palate like a well made Burgundy. It’s sexy, incredibly seductive with an almost haunting like delicacy and the kind of fine airy structure you usually only see in top-flight Barolos or Burgundies.

As Gary says there’s a minerality to it with absolutely no excessive oakiness, heat, sweetness or jamminess. There’s none of that. I’d almost call it ethereal in its subtlety yet there’s quiet strength and power with incredible length and very fine tannin.  

This will age very well, and although beautiful to drink now, I’d advise a good decant if cracking it today! 

I can only speculate how beautiful this wine will be if left to brood few a few more years in a dark place. CR  

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Our notes

It has power as expected from a Blewitt Springs Grenache, but it seems weightless and literally seems to float on the palate like a well made Burgundy. It’s sexy, incredibly seductive with an almost haunting like delicacy and the kind of fine airy structure you usually only see in top-flight Barolos or Burgundies.

As Gary says there’s a minerality to it with absolutely no excessive oakiness, heat, sweetness or jamminess. There’s none of that. I’d almost call it ethereal in its subtlety yet there’s quiet strength and power with incredible length and very fine tannin.  

This will age very well, and although beautiful to drink now, I’d advise a good decant if cracking it today! 

I can only speculate how beautiful this wine will be if left to brood few a few more years in a dark place. CR  

Reviews


97 POINTS
The Wine Front

Robert Rende helped his father plant this vineyard (Blewitt Springs) back in 1969, and now lives there. It was a single pick, single ferment, single demi muid that “possessed the qualities I’m searching for with V. Power structure and finesse while staying light on its feet.”, says winemaker Michael Corbett. I think total production was around 300 bottles, and will be finished with a wax cap. Not sure of the final pricing, though I suspect (well) north of $150.

First and foremost, it’s a wine that’s defined by its ultra-mineral quality and quartz-like tannin. In with that, you have ripe red berries, seductive potpourri perfume, peanuts, a little biscuit and baking spice, along with some sage and aniseed. It’s medium-bodied, fresh, but firm and packed with stony/chalky tannin, ample fruit, though nothing sweet or overt. Finish is long, dry and firm, almost a Barolo-like quality to it (which is no bad thing, of course). It feels like a long-term wine, and should probably be left alone for a year or two, at least. I’d say it’s a benchmark for 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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