The last few releases of Vanguardist’s MVG has raised the bar in terms of how good Australian Grenache can be, as it’s discovered new levels of fragrance, explosive fruit intensity, savoury complexity and tannin delivery. Fittingly, the wines have become incredibly sought after and increasingly scarce, meaning we’ve eagerly anticipated the 2020 release which has just dropped in store here at Melbourne Street Cellars. Happily, it’s yet another blinder from what now must be considered Australia’s pre-eminent Grenache label, with perhaps more of a Pinot Noir-like expression of subtle texture. Joining the Grenache are two exciting new reds in the Vanguardist range, a Mourvèdre from McLaren Vale and a Syrah from Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand, both baring the house stamp of high-toned perfume, savoury nuance and genuine structure.
Vanguardist Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020:
It’s terrific to see Hawke’s Bay Syrah in the gifted hands of Vanguardist winemaker Michael Corbett, as he’s orchestrated a wonderful expression here, beset with all the heady, peppery, meaty aspects the style is known for, as well as a beautifully measured, savoury, fine-grained and persistent palate of some class.