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Bondar Higher Springs Grenache 2021

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Bondar Higher Springs Grenache 2021
Producer Bondar
Region, Country McLaren Vale, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 21189-750

Sue Trott’s Wilpena vineyard lies in the heart of Blewitt Springs. The vines were planted in 1952 and are dry-grown on deep sand. It faces quite steeply east—an uncommon aspect in McLaren Vale—and so misses out on a lot of the warm late afternoon sun. Of this site, Andre Bondar gushes “Sometimes when you walk into a vineyard that is this beautiful, you can’t help but think that it must make amazing wine.” 

In 2021, the absence of heat waves, the sunny warm days and the elongated ripening period led to what could be "one of the greater vintages of the last decade". Picked for crunch and vibrancy, the fruit was wild fermented with 30% whole bunches—to aid in building fine structure and bring out the best of the site's darker-fruited profile. The wine went to old French oak puncheons for around 10 months and was bottled by hand without fining or filtration. 

This bolts from the gate, laden with red fruits, spice, steely minerality and anise. It’s impressively structured, with a compelling tannin profile framing plush fruits, savoury fringes and perfectly pitched acidity. Deliciously impressive, with driving length and plenty of years to go.



Bondar Higher Springs Grenache 2021

Reviews

“A bright, clear colour. Offers a tantalising bouquet, at once floral with red cherry blossom and earthy/savoury nuances. The palate is supple and very, very long, the finish is fresh and mouth-watering.”
96 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au
“Mint, menthol, ripe raspberry, aniseed and new leather. Medium-bodied, savoury sage-laced new leather flavour, lots of sandy grip to tannin, a cool feel, thyme and dried herbs, assertive dry tannin on a sticky dried herb finish of excellent length. Pretty firm and coiled up, with a chicory and black tea taste to close. Very good. Albeit kind of tense”
91 points, 94+ points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
"Ripe and juicy with a lovely touch of sappy freshness, this is a delightful grenache with effusive hibiscus and star anise aromas Nice blood orange and pink grapefruit freshness at the finish. Very limited production. From a vineyard in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vales planted in 1952. Drink or hold."
91 points, jamessuckling.com

Reviews

“A bright, clear colour. Offers a tantalising bouquet, at once floral with red cherry blossom and earthy/savoury nuances. The palate is supple and very, very long, the finish is fresh and mouth-watering.”
96 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au
“Mint, menthol, ripe raspberry, aniseed and new leather. Medium-bodied, savoury sage-laced new leather flavour, lots of sandy grip to tannin, a cool feel, thyme and dried herbs, assertive dry tannin on a sticky dried herb finish of excellent length. Pretty firm and coiled up, with a chicory and black tea taste to close. Very good. Albeit kind of tense”
91 points, 94+ points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
"Ripe and juicy with a lovely touch of sappy freshness, this is a delightful grenache with effusive hibiscus and star anise aromas Nice blood orange and pink grapefruit freshness at the finish. Very limited production. From a vineyard in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vales planted in 1952. Drink or hold."
91 points, jamessuckling.com

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