Current Vintage: 2020
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Bondar picks this Grenache a little earlier to catch the red fruits and herbs without losing any concentration. He used around 20% whole bunches and some of the ferments were left on skins for up to four weeks to add layers and build structure around the beautifully aromatic and pure Grenache fruit. The wine was then aged for around six months in ceramic eggs and old French barrels before bottling (unfined and unfiltered).
This is an evocatively aromatic, succulent and vibrant release, with intense blueberry fruits accentuated by cracked black pepper and a hint of bay leaf. It’s a seductively textured, elegant and sculpted wine that—if further evidence were needed—highlights Rayner as one of Australia's great Grenache vineyards, and Bondar as one of this variety’s great exponents.
A stone's throw away from Adelaide, McLaren Vale is one of Australia's most renowned wine regions, and for good reason. This is where wine started in South Australia, with the first grape vines being planted in 1838.
The Mediterranean climate lends itself to opulent wines that are rich and deep. As with many other South Australian regions, Shiraz is the Sheriff in this town. However, where Barossa shiraz is masculine and powerful, McLaren Vale Shiraz offers a softer, more finessed, yet still rich style.
“Pretty, perfumed, pot-pourri, spice, red cherry, really enticing and evocative. The palate is mid-weight, fleshy, textured, youthful and exuberant. There is a lovely purity of red and blue fruits that are sweet and fleshy, but then layered tannins come into play as well as some taut acidity, and all is deliciously drinkable and lush, but with a savoury, textural, lengthy finish.” 95 points, Aaron Brasher, The Real Review