Vanguardist wines are a new venture, and their aim is simple: to push the boundaries of the status quo, to experiment, and to make wine which are equal parts delicious and interesting. In our experience, there aren't too many successful attempts at this. The Petit Vanguard range is a brand new entry level, which focus primarily on freshness and vitality of flavour - each of these are designed for immediate consumption.
2 x Riesling 2017 - 'It’s a bit different, but in a good way, with its flavour almost going towards real lemonade with a dash of Japanese ginger. It’s a little softer in style, with a powdery texture, but has a good cut of acidity, perhaps like ruby red grapefruit in taste and feel, and a spicy and juicy finish of fine length. Yum. 94 points.'
2 x Semillon 2017 - 'Lime and lemongrass, plenty of zip and crunch, juiciness with some restraint, a powdery texture, lime and snow pea on fresh and precise finish. Nicely done. A different, but very good expression of Semillon. 93 points.'
2 x Grenache 2017 - 'Super delicious. Sleek, slippery, bright and cheery red of sweet musk fragrance and flavours reminiscent of berry fruits with bits of the briar left in the pot. The gist is, a lightish, simple red that’s an impeccable drink, with glide across the palate, a crisp finish and a sense of refreshment while drinking. Pitch perfect summery red. 92 points.'
*reviews by Gary Walsh, The Wine Front