Bondar Junto is a blend of Grenache (88%), Shiraz (6%) and Mataro (3%) with just a tiny touch of Counoise and Carignan, all grapes were sourced from old vines, picked by hand, the fruit was gently handled in the winery and aged in old French oak. The blend is put together with the idea that Grenache is the hero, with Shiraz adding supporting flesh and the Mataro spice, structure and tannin. A wine that is fast gaining a reputation as a benchmark Aussie GSM, The 2019 Bondar Junto is a vibrant, fresh wine with plenty of personality, and a wonderful level of drinkability.
Review of the 2018 vintage included below;
"95 Points. This blend of 70% grenache, 20% shiraz, 9% mataro and 1% counoise comes from a patchwork of blocks, mainly estate, and mainly grown on sand. The burst of acidity is a blessing, not bane. It's true that grenache and shiraz do all the heavy lifting, but the impact of the mataro (and even the 1% counoise) add shade to the bright sunny flavours of the wine. Screwcap. 14.1% alc. To 2033. $30" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.
Their home is the iconic Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale, where the oldest vines date back to the 1950's. 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 Châteauneuf 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 will undoubtedly 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.
In a relatively short period of time, Bondar has already made a big impression on the Australian wine scene. Named James Halliday's 'Best New Winery' in his 2017 Australian Wine Companion, they were also named one of the Top 50 Young Guns of Wine in 2018, along with collecting several trophies at the McLaren Vale Wine Show.
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