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2016 Bondar Wines Violet Hour Shiraz

Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, SA

Rayner vineyard Shiraz with a fresh and energetic vibe.

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$27.00

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About
Has drinkability and regional character written all over it, anyway. Good stuff here.

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

About The Wine

The name 'Violet Hour' refers to the fading light owners Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly saw on the horizon as they picked the last bunches of Shiraz for their first ever release, the 2012 edition of this wine. A violet sky, a beautiful wine, and a new future ahead for the couple and their vines.

The Violet hour tastes as stylish as it looks, it hits that sweet-spot for all red wine lovers - a combination of elegance and power. The pedigree of the McLaren Vale vineyard is second to none. With the cult-like popularity of this winery at the moment, none of their releases seem to last long. The quality of the Shiraz speaks for itself. Put simply, if you like McLaren Vale Shiraz with a fresh face - this is a must buy.

About Bondar

Bondar is the baby of husband-and-wife team Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly, and winners of the 2017 Australian Wine Companion’s Best New Winery.

They have purchased the famous Rayner vineyard in McLaren Vale, crafting stunning Shiraz and Grenache from here, along with beautifully pure Adelaide Hills Chardonnay. I’ll leave it to them to describe what their extremely exciting venture is all about: “Our vision has always been to make wines that create a little intrigue, that are a little different. We want to make wines that are bright, structured, mid-weight yet concentrated in flavour with a savoury element.”

Super value, tiny production and delicious to drink!

Selina and Andre Amongst The Vines
Selina and Andre Amongst The Vines
Rayner Vineyard, McLaren Vale
Additional Info

From The Producer

Hand-picked fruit from 65+ year old vines planted on our Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. 

This wine pays homage to the Bondar style with fragrance and a lightness of touch. We used whole bunches and extended time on skins, which helps to create that lightness, and adds dimensions of flavour and a silky mouth feel.

Fermented with indigenous yeasts and minimal additions, aged in older French oak, Violet Hour should improve nicely over the next five years or so and will suit lighter meat dishes and pasta beautifully. 

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14.00%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Selina and Andre Bondar
Selina and Andre Bondar
Owners, Bondar Wines
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

92Points
The Wine Front

"Has a lushness but also sees freshness and vitality amongst the slip of dark cherry, kirsch, clove oak and mocha characters. Great perfume of kirsch, clove, brown spice and mocha too. Texture shows a softness with crisp acidity underlying. Palate is generous, but without sitting thick in the mouth, instead seeing rich fruit flavour, gentle oak seasoning and a coolness and herbal note underlying. A slight tang to close distracts, would be the chat right now. Has drinkability and regional character written all over it, anyway. Good stuff here." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

DDS review

Trophies for Best Shiraz, Best Single Vineyard Shiraz & Best Shiraz 2016 & Younger - McLaren Vale Wine Show 2017

95Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"It takes the fragrant appeal of Blewitt Springs shiraz and builds tannin, texture and complex flavour into the deal, quality taken care of in the process. This spent 6 weeks on skins and the tannin shows it, layers of velvet folded through the finish. Saltbush notes, thyme, rose petals turned dry. It's a modern face of McLaren Vale shiraz (it saw no new oak) but it's still a powerful one." - Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

Delivery

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