Bondar | Rayner Vineyard Grenache
Current Vintage: 2018
Bondar's flagship release hails from a 0.7-hectare block of old vines in the Rayner vineyard planted in 1970. This parcel has sandy soils over yellow clay; a soil type that brings finesse while the low yields bring intensity. "I really want the Rayner Grenache to be a brighter, prettier expression of the variety," says Andre Bondar. To achieve this the fruit is picked at just the right point, not too late, in order to capture the vivid red fruit notes and bright acidity that Bondar is after.
As 2018 was a more generous year, Bondar ended up using more whole-bunches than usual (around 20%) and a larger amount of wine was aged in old oak hogsheads than previous years (around two thirds) with the balance in stainless and ceramic vessels. The result is a wine of elegant freshness-McLaren Vale Grenache in its purest, more delicious guise.
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.
"Spicy, bright, raspberry, potpourri and Turkish Delight. Medium-bodied, very fresh and spritely, crisp and sweet raspberry and cranberry, clean acidity and a light rasp of tannin, garden herbs and a juicy finish of excellent length. Brightness and energy here, and while it's perhaps a bit too perky now, is sure to settle and improve with some bottle age." 94 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front"