The Vanguardist Story
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.
Why's this wine for you?
Hatched over a dinner table at a Hawkes Bay's Craggy Range winery, the Vanguardist project sees experienced winemaker Michael Corbett (a Kiwi) partner with two friends from three different countries - Alexandra Maurisset (Australia), Edouard Maurisset-Latour (France). While their initial footprint was small, Vanguradist has quickly made a mark, with wines that retain an Australian generosity yet a very international flavour, the quality on another plane to most anything you'll see in this country.
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The Brief
Alcohol
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2020
Cellar to
2036
How's it taste?
Hazelnut and pepper, blueberry and blackberry, with a sort of thyme and lavender perfume. It’s light to medium in body, crisp yet meaty, something of a cranberry crunch to it, fine peppery tannin, sappy acidity, a garrigue mouth-perfume, lacy and bright, pippy boysenberry/mulberry flavours and a crisp and spicy finish of good length
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93 Points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
Hawkes Bay is winemaker Michael Corbett’s home turf, and this Shiraz is sourced from Ash Ridge in the Bridge Pa Triangle. The vineyard sits near the Bullnose vineyard, which is quite a different thing to your Gimblett Gravels style.Hazelnut and pepper, blueberry and blackberry, with a sort of thyme and lavender perfume. It’s light to medium in body, crisp yet meaty, something of a cranberry crunch to it, fine peppery tannin, sappy acidity, a garrigue mouth-perfume, lacy and bright, pippy boysenberry/mulberry flavours, and a crisp and spicy finish of good length. Plenty of energy and meaty/spicy charm.
Expert Review
Expert Review
93 Points
James Suckling
Has a very attractively spicy sheen with plenty of pepper. Blueberry and dark stony elements, as well as graphite, black-cherry and blackberry aromas. Star anise. too. The palate is mid-weight and has a finely dusted tannin texture with cool berry flavors and a sanguine, spicy twist on the finish. Neatly fitted tannins, very tidy. Drink over the next five years.
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