Bondar | Rayner Vineyard Shiraz
Current Vintage: 2018
Combines fruit from the two oldest Shiraz blocks in Bondar's Rayner Vineyard (Blewitt Springs): a 1947 planting on deep sandy soils with ironstone rocks (75%) and a 1950 planting on shallow clay over limestone (25%). Andre tells us that the former portion provides "fragrance and elegant structure," while the latter "gives the bones." Hand-picked and fermented with roughly 20% whole bunches, the wine was aged for 18 months in mostly used French hogsheads (5% new) and was hand-bottled, in September 2019, without fining or filtration.
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.