Current Vintage: 2020
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
Named after the coloured sky under which Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly picked the last bunches of Shiraz for their first ever release of this wine, Violet Hour is a blend of fruit from several blocks in Bondar’s Rayner vineyard. It is intended to be a wine that encapsulates the Bondar style—all fragrance, juicy fruit and lightness of touch. The winemaking is adapted to the season: both whole bunch and de-stemmed fruit are employed, and the juice spends varying times on skins depending on the block.
Raised only in older oak and bottled unfiltered, the 2020 mainlines the essence of the Rayner vineyard with lifted purple flowers, liquorice and cracked pepper aromas swarming around a core of finely pitched red and black fruits. Textured and gently voluptuous, intense black cherry fruit flavours are supported by fresh acidity, fine tannins and a long, salty finish. As always, this is a very happy marriage between great quality and great value.
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.