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Bondar Junto Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2021

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Bondar Junto Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2021
Producer Bondar
Region, Country McLaren Vale, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 20595-750

Junto is Spanish for ‘together’, and in this case means a union of old friends: Grenache (73%), Shiraz (13%), Mataro (12%) and Carignan (2%). The Grenache is culled from three separate blocks: the lion’s share is from Bondar's own Rayner vineyard; there’s an old-vine proportion (80 years old) from a grower five kilometres away in McLaren Flat; and then the Trott Wilpena vineyard in Blewitt Springs contributed the balance. The Shiraz was also home-grown Rayner fruit (70-year-old vines on sand), while the Mataro was sourced from a grower in the foothills of Willunga on the famed Kurrajong soils. The tiny addition of Carignan was drawn from young plantings in the Rayner vineyard.

All the fruit was wild-fermented with approximately 20% whole-bunches, then raised in old oak for eight months. The blend was put together with the idea that Grenache heroes, with Shiraz supporting with flesh and the Mataro with spice, structure and tannin. The Carignan adds further finesse to the palate and contributes to the complexity. As always, Junto is a lively, vibrant wine with the restraint, energy and sheer drinkability that was once hardly known in the McLaren Vale. It’s fresh and racy, dripping with red fruits and spice, and as unpretentious as it is delicious. 

As always, Junto is a lively, vibrant wine with the restraint, energy and sheer drinkability that was once hardly known in the McLaren Vale. It’s fresh and racy, dripping with red fruits and spice, and as unpretentious as it is delicious.

Bondar Junto Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2021

Reviews

“A striking wine, with a high-toned spray of flowery aromas moving into more savoury territory on the palate, bitter chocolate taking control, through to flashes of cinnamon on the finish. Sophisticated and exotic.”
96 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com
"This blend is really shaped by the fleshy and fruit-focused grenache component, the other grapes adding complexity around the central core of raspberries and blueberries. Youthful and spicy with a delicious, succulent edge to the finish. A blend of 73% grenache, 13% shiraz, 12% mataro and 2% carignan. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
93 points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
“Spicy, dried herb and black olive, raspberry, pomegranate. Medium-bodied, distinctly sappy and herbal, a tamarind tang through strawberry and raspberry, dry crunch of amaro and dusty tannin, juicy and frisky, with a punchy finish. Quite different in style to many a GSM, but in a good way.”
92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Reviews

“A striking wine, with a high-toned spray of flowery aromas moving into more savoury territory on the palate, bitter chocolate taking control, through to flashes of cinnamon on the finish. Sophisticated and exotic.”
96 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com
"This blend is really shaped by the fleshy and fruit-focused grenache component, the other grapes adding complexity around the central core of raspberries and blueberries. Youthful and spicy with a delicious, succulent edge to the finish. A blend of 73% grenache, 13% shiraz, 12% mataro and 2% carignan. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
93 points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
“Spicy, dried herb and black olive, raspberry, pomegranate. Medium-bodied, distinctly sappy and herbal, a tamarind tang through strawberry and raspberry, dry crunch of amaro and dusty tannin, juicy and frisky, with a punchy finish. Quite different in style to many a GSM, but in a good way.”
92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

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