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2018 Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz

2018 Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz

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14.1%
Cellar to 2029
Screw Cap
McLaren Vale
2018
750ml
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$27.99
14.1%
Cellar to 2029
Screw Cap
McLaren Vale
2018
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • "Bondar is certainly a name worth becoming familiar with."
    Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

    "You make your own luck, and they were in the right place at the right time to be able to buy one of McLaren Vale's best vineyards, Rayner"
    James Halliday

    James Halliday Best New Winery 2017
    2018 McLaren Vale Wine Show
    Best Small Producer
    Best Small Batch Wine
    Best Single-Vineyard Wine (Other than Shiraz)
    Best Viticulturalist

    Started in 2012, Bondar is the vision of husband and wife team Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly. Andre, with a history as a winemaker in the Adelaide Hills and Selina with a background in marketing and law, have planted roots (literally) in the north of McLaren Vale, on the border of Blewitt Springs and the Beautiful View (Seaview) subregions.

    Their new home is the Rayner Vineyard on Chalk Hill Road in McLaren Vale, where the oldest vines date back to the 1950s. Plantings of bush vine Grenache are up to 50 years old and Shiraz up to 65 years are already in play, while newer, more close planted Counoise (one of the 13 Chateauneuf varieties) has been recently planted, and Mataro, Carignan and Cinsault are on the horizon. The vineyards are in the process of transitioning to progressively more organic management, which we are sure will see quality hit even greater heights. There will always be purchased fruit as well but ultimately, it seems likely that Bondar's finest wines will come from their own sites.

    Regardless of the source of fruit, Andre and Selina want to make, in their own words, 'wines that are bright, structured, mid-weight, yet concentrated in flavour, and with a savoury element'.

    And of course they want to make the finest quality possible. If the pair's initial releases are anything to go by (and they are), we have much to look forward to from this producer. The early wines have had a terrific response in the trade and they also picked up James Halliday's Best New Winery (2017).

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • Hand-picked fruit from 65+ year old vines planted on our Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. This wine pays homage to the Bondar style with fragrance and a lightness of touch. We used whole bunches and extended time on skins, which helps to create that lightness, and adds dimensions of flavour and a silky mouth feel. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and minimal additions, aged in older French oak, Violet Hour should improve nicely over the next five years or so and will suit lighter meat dishes and pasta beautifully.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Bondar are a little family wine company making wines from their favourite regions McLaren vale and Adelaide Hills. The home of Bondar Wines is the iconic Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. They want to make wines that are lighter, brighter, more savoury, structured and intriguing. Different. Over the last few years since Bondar started this endeavour they have been honoured to be named James Halliday's Best New Winery in his 2017 Australian Wine Companion, to have won multiple trophies at the McLaren Vale Wine Shows they have entered, and to have been named one of the Top 50 Young Guns of Wine in 2018.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 97 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    The fabulous deep violet colour wasn't the inspiration for the name of the wine, but the glove fits. It is medium to full-bodied, overflowing with flavour, yet has a studied elegance. Oak and tannins provide the texture and structure, but not to the point of distraction, the focus of intention on the flavour at its heart.