Bondar Junto Grenache Shiraz Mataro
Current Vintage: 2018
Junto is Spanish for "together", in this case, a union of old friends Grenache (70%), Shiraz (20%) Mataro (9%) and Counoise (1%). The Grenache is culled from three separate blocks: the lion's share from Bondar's own Rayner Vineyard, a grower five km away in McLaren Flat, and a second grower near Tatachilla. The Shiraz is also homegrown Rayner fruit, while the Mataro is sourced from a grower in the foothills of Willunga, on the famed Kurrajong soils.
The tiny addition of Counoise is drawn from young plantings in the Rayner Vineyard. It was all wild-fermented with approx. 20% whole-bunches and raised in old oak. The blend is put together with the idea that Grenache is the hero, with Shiraz adding supporting flesh and the Mataro spice and structure/tannin. As always, Junto is a lively, vibrant wine with restraint, energy and sheer drinkability that has rarely been associated with the red wines of the McLaren Vale. An absolute steal for the money.
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.