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2017 Bondar Wines Junto GSM

Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, SA

The ultimate in drinkability. The best Junto to date.

$27.00

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About
We want Grenache to be the hero of this blend, with its superb aromatics and soft juicy mouthfeel.

Andre Bondar, Owner/winemaker

About The Wine

In only a few short vintages this dynamic couple have carved out a niche for their eponymous label as one of the most exciting and in demand wineries in McLaren Vale.

Drinkability is writ large across the range. The 'Junto' (Spanish for 'together') is a wine made for easily enjoying with friends and family. The 2017 may be the best release of this wine to date.

The Grenache component a little higher than in previous years (91%), the whole wine feels a little lighter on its feet and is all the better for it. This is as delicious as medium-bodied reds get from this part of the world. Incredibly versatile and impossibly more-ish, Andre and Selina have done it again.

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

This wine 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. W

e want Grenache to be the hero of this blend, with its superb aromatics and soft juicy mouthfeel.

Blend : Grenache (91%), Shiraz (5%) and Mataro (4%)
ABV : 13.00%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

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

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Lighter much more Grenache driven this year and it hits the nail right on the head. Raspberry licorice and spice with a nice rosy lift to the perfume. Super pretty and delicate in the mouth, little lipsticky and lipsmacking texture. Smashable? Oh my, yes! - Different Drop Wine Team

93Points
The Wine Front

"Sheesh, this has something going on. I like the scent, floral, gently sweet, something candied, a lolly bag just opened, but the breeze of fern and briar whips that away and you get a wholly more complex perfume. Drinking is a charm. So satiny, just on medium weight, the sleek slide of nice pinot noir with the jolly sweet fruit of ruddier grapes slipping in. Its red berries all through the palate with a faint lick of herbal spice – simple done well, freshness on its side. That texture is so good. Makes you want to drink and drink. And it’s got fine edges and length. Long, slow claps." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

94Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"91% grenache, 5% shiraz, 4% mataro. It's the antithesis of the dark, stewy red. This is light and lifted, bright and buoyant. It's more about perfume and mouthfeel than it is about density; far more in fact. It trips about with anise and raspberry, fennel and florals. It delights as it goes. It makes light look fantastic." - Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

Delivery

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