La Petite Vanguard Blewit Grenache/Mourvedre 2020
The folks behind this wine describe it as ‘bistro style’ red. And we agree, in the sense that it’s vibrant in fruit, approachable, with grip and a lovely chewy character. What we need to point out though, is that this comes from amazing Aussie terroir - Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale. The hot, dry soils are basically sand, which is a challenging environment for vines. However, Grenache and Mourvedre are resilient varieties that don’t just survive there, but thrive in terms of quality of fruit produced.
Established in 2014, Vanguardist Wines is the creation of three friends with amazing experience throughout the wine industry. Alexandra Maurisset and Edouard Maurisset-Latour are based in France where they head up marketing and sales. New Zealander Michael Corbett is based in McLaren Vale South Australia where he takes control of the winemaking and viticulture. With the name Vanguardist, it's only right that Michael aims to push the boundaries, which he does in a sophisticated way. The wines are some of the most intriguing and exciting wines to come out of South Australia.
Vanguardists La Petite label aims to create classic and pure-fruited wines that faithfully represent region and vineyard, but with an extra layer of interest.