The Bondar Junto GSM brings together traditional friends Grenache (91%), Shiraz (5%) and Mataro (4%). Picked by hand, the fruit was gently handled in the winery and aged in old French oak. The Grenache comes from up to 44-year old vines, the Shiraz from our 65+ year old vines, and the Mataro from a nearby site. This year’s Junto is quite a delicate wine with beautiful aromatics. It shows a restraint not often associated with red wines of our region. For this reason we used very little Shiraz and Mataro as in larger proportions they would have really dominated the Grenache fruit. We want Grenache to be the hero of this blend, with its superb aromatics and soft juicy mouthfeel.
Bondar wines began its life in March 2012, when Andre, Selina and a small group of their family and friends hand-picked a couple of tonnes of Shiraz grapes for their first ever wine. It was a beautiful, calm, warm summer’s evening, and when the sun went down the McLaren Vale sky lit up with one of the most spectacularly beautiful sunsets any of us had ever seen. The Violet Hour Shiraz is named in its honour.
The Finer Details Style – Red Wine Varietal – Grenache 91%, Shiraz 5%, Mataro 4% Country – Australia Region – McLaren Vale Bottle Size – 750ml ABV – 13.5%