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. And this 2019 Grenache is right up there at the pointy end. As the trio explain, this is 'wine that pushes the realms of standard winemaking to deliver intrigue, excitement and utmost quality, without any loss of sense of place. Ultimate dedication to the craft of viticulture and winemaking, encapsulated in a bottle – through our lens.' For this Grenache that means whole bunches, it means achincly low yields from achingly old Blewitt Springs vines. It means imported Slavonian 2200L oak casks. It's the future of not just Grenache, but of Australian wine. Little wonder that Gary was so enamoured.
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How's it taste?
Excellent texture, lovely fine, plush, front mid-palate tannin. Spiced, cinnamon, cardamon, beautifully layering in earthy and savoury secondaries. Like all his wines this has an exceptional core of juicy fruit. So much fun to be had. Hints of pepper and violets wrap around it.
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97 Points
James Suckling
Shows rich and complex aromas of raspberries, dark berries, and plums with savory, earthy, terra cotta-like notes, pomegranate, and blueberries. Very fresh and lively, the palate is detailed and powerful with taut, fine tannins a highlight. Drink over the next decade.
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96 Points
Ned Goodwin - Halliday's Wine Companion
"I have always appreciated the style here: a pinosity of red fruits with a firm yet svelte etching of nebbiolo-esque bristly tannins. Sometimes, though, the ripeness was on the south side of ideal. Not this year! This sits pretty on a dial between elegance and sappier fruit, still defined by signature fine-boned tannic latticework and saline freshness. Darker cherry, anise, mint, thyme, rosemary and sandalwood. A whiff of orange zest, too. This address is now at the top of the stylistic totem pole and one of the few true regional benchmarks.
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95 Points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
Vanguardist is all about Grenache, and I reckon, this is the best wine of the 2020 releases. Raised in big Slav oak, with a few puncheons taking up the rest.Dried roses, baking spices, raspberry, and dried strawberry, with a smattering of dried herb. Medium-bodied, supple, red-fruited, spicy, and dusty feel, the etch-a-sketch of tannin here is really so lovely, maybe some sour cherry too, garrigue, and a stony feel, fresh but dry, with a pumice stone tannin ‘mineral’ feel on a long dry finish. A little more bony and subdued than the last couple of vintages, but none the worse for that in a way, just light, and shade of vintage playing out, as is appropriate. Wonderful and individual expression of Grenache.
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