Current Vintage: 2020
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
Bondar’s Chardonnay is sourced from the 30-year-old Rathmine vineyard in Echunga, which sits at 450 metres above sea level on stony, shallow clay loam over a limestone base. All of Bondar’s fruit is hand-picked in the cool of early morning, whole-bunch pressed and fermented naturally in French oak (approximately 25% new) and two ceramic eggs. Some parcels were allowed to go through malo naturally until the balance of acidity was spot on. To preserve the purity of fruit there was no lees stirring.
The wine reflects a perfect synthesis of ripeness—orange blossom, nectarine and white peach—with a core of refreshing acidity and citrus. This has the poise and intensity of topflight Australian Chardonnay down to a tee.
The Adelaide Hills are certainly alive - perhaps not with the sound of music - but rather, vast quantities of unique wines that circulate through the region's pristine body. This region is still a new kid on the Australian wine block - but is producing finessed cool climate classics such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Hipster's will be happy in the Adelaide Hills too, with the region being home to a plethora of alternative varietals such as Blaufrankisch and Gruner Veltliner.
The Hills are chock full of cellar doors serving up the best of the region's food and wine output. The cooler climate that comes with altitude serves as an important point of difference from the warmer regions in Adelaide - tarty and acidic wines dominate over the more ripe fruit that can be found elsewhere in the State of Adelaide.
"White peach, citrus, cinnamon oatmeal, aniseeed, and some struck match. Juicy citrus, slight creaminess, subtle savoury chicken flavour, intensity of acidity with a quartz-like texture, and a brisk lemony finish of good length. Zippy and excellent." 93 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front