Current Vintage: 2019
Limited to a single barrel, Bondar's varietal Mataro is made with fruit from the Lacey vineyard in Willunga, whose rocky clay loam soils lie over the revered Kurrajong geology formation. The grapes were hand-picked and fermented with one-third whole bunch for some aromatic interest and lift, and the wine spent about 12 months in an old hogshead. Andre Bondar notes that, "...it's a slightly different wine for us with more of a focus on structure rather than the silky feels we generally get from our own (Rayner Vineyard) site.
Yet hopefully still some of the lovely fragrance and controlled weight we strive for." Hand-bottled (without fining or filtration) in July 2019, it's full of exquisite Mataro perfume, spice, depth and structure-a distinctive, high-quality limited release.
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.