Current Vintage: 2019
Bondar's inaugural Nero release comes from a young block, on the rocky clays of the Willunga foothills, grafted on Cabernet Sauvignon just two years prior. For this reason, winemaker Andre Bondar "wanted to keep it as pure as possible" and, as such, the winemaking was intentionally straightforward. All fruit was de-stemmed before fermenting on skins for 10 days, then pressed to old oak for six months.
To keep everything fresh and vibrant, the wine was bottled soon after. Soft tannin and seductive raspberry aromatics set the tone, while a hit of spice brings a layer of moreish complexity. "It's a wine that should be enjoyed in its youthful splendour."
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.