Bondar Wines Junto Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2017

Wine Front 93 Points!

Australia, SA, McLaren Vale
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Wine Front 93 Points!

"Grenache, shiraz and mataro are brought together here, with various parcels seeing various winemaking techniques, including whole bunches and longer macerations and all sorts. A lot of the fruit comes off Bondar’s own Rayner Vineyard, a sacred site in McLaren Vale, if you ask around or drink widely. The gist here seems to be ‘wine for easy approach’, though the architecture seems to have more intent.

Sheesh, this has something going on. I like the scent, floral, gently sweet, something candied, a lolly bag just opened, but the breeze of fern and briar whips that away and you get a wholly more complex perfume. Drinking is a charm. So satiny, just on medium weight, the sleek slide of nice pinot noir with the jolly sweet fruit of ruddier grapes slipping in. Its red berries all through the palate with a faint lick of herbal spice – simple done well, freshness on its side. That texture is so good. Makes you want to drink and drink. And it’s got fine edges and length. Long, slow claps."

Mike Bennie, Wine Front, June 2018


"This wine brings together traditional friends Grenache (91%), Shiraz (5%) and Mataro (4%). Picked by hand, the fruit was gently handled in the winery and aged in old French oak. The Grenache comes from up to 44-year old vines, the Shiraz from our 65+ year old vines, and the Mataro from a nearby site. This year's Junto is quite a delicate wine with beautiful aromatics. It shows a restraint not often associated with red wines of our region. For this reason we used very little Shiraz and Mataro as in larger proportions they would have really dominated the Grenache fruit. We want Grenache to be the hero of this blend, with its superb aromatics and soft juicy mouthfeel."