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2018 Bondar Rayner Grenache

2018 Bondar Rayner Grenache

"A raspberry, cherry-accented bouquet, the palate following suit. Its overall freshness is exceptional."
96 Points - James Halliday

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  • Bondar's flagship release hails from a 0.7 hectare block of old vines in the Rayner vineyard planted in 1970. This parcel has sandy soils, over yellow clay, a soil type that brings finesse while the low yields bring intensity.

    "I really want the Rayner Grenache to be a brighter, prettier expression of the variety," says Andre Bondar.

    To achieve this the fruit is picked at just the right point, not too late, in order to capture the vivid red fruit notes and bright acidity that Bondar is after. As 2018 was a more generous year, Bondar ended up using more whole-bunches than usual (around 20%) and a larger amount of wine was aged in old oak hogsheads than previous years (around two thirds) with the balance in stainless and ceramic vessels. The result is a wine of elegant freshness--McLaren Vale Grenache in its purest, more delicious guise.


    Sourced from the  tiny 0.7ha block of 48-year old Grenache vines, planted in sand on our Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. The lowest-yielding vines were hand-picked, and natural fermentation took place - some in a ceramic egg on skins for 120 days, some with whole bunches and some with whole berries. All done to add layers of complexity to the wine, and to build structure around the beautifully aromatic and pure Grenache fruit. 210 dozen bottles made.


    Florals, violets, red fruits and five spice, with warming, effortless afterglow of gossamer threaded tannins and spice.


    'Bondar's aim is to produce bright, pretty grenache, largely by earlier picking - which was easy in the cool '17 vintage, but more difficult in '18. A raspberry, cherry-accented bouquet, the palate following suit. Its overall freshness is exceptional.'
    96 Points - James Halliday, The Australian