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Bondar Rayner Vineyard Grenache 2022

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Bondar Rayner Vineyard Grenache 2022
Producer Bondar
Region, Country McLaren Vale, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 22136-750

The fruit for the Rayner Grenache is sourced from the 1970 block in the Rayner Vineyard. Vines on this old block sit on very sandy soils (part of the Pirramimma sandstone geology) and are dry-grown and organically managed. Situated on the west side of the site facing east, these low-yielding vines produce small bunches and berries and miss out on the hot, late afternoon sun during summer. 

Seeking a pretty but savoury style, the Bondar team pick their Grenache fruit a little earlier than many of their peers—helping to capture the fruit’s red fruit and herb characteristics. To further aid in building structure and longevity, 20% whole bunches are used in the natural ferments. The wine is aged for six months in ceramic eggs and French barrels. This is McLaren Vale Grenache in its purest guise.

This is a highly impressive release, seductively perfumed yet deeply intense on the nose leading to a tightly coiled palate full of livewire energy and magnificent structure. It’s generously weighted, with savoury nuances and assertive but supple tannins supporting the bright berry fruits and complexing spice. The intensity continues through the lengthy, mineral and subtly talcy close. Bravo, Bondar, this has the class to burn.

Bondar Rayner Vineyard Grenache 2022

Reviews

"Old vines from the hallowed turf of Blewitt Springs. A mid-ruby, suggestive of pinot noir. That idea shifts into a higher gear as scents of dried rose petals, kirsch, pomegranate, blood orange and dried thyme fill the space. Full and intense of flavour, yet paradoxically weightless as it shimmers across a scale of tannin from vibrato to tenor, growing in trajectory with air. An excellent, contemporary Vale grenache."
95 points, Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion 2024

Reviews

"Old vines from the hallowed turf of Blewitt Springs. A mid-ruby, suggestive of pinot noir. That idea shifts into a higher gear as scents of dried rose petals, kirsch, pomegranate, blood orange and dried thyme fill the space. Full and intense of flavour, yet paradoxically weightless as it shimmers across a scale of tannin from vibrato to tenor, growing in trajectory with air. An excellent, contemporary Vale grenache."
95 points, Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion 2024

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