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2017 Bondar Wines Violet Hour Shiraz

Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, SA

Rayner vineyard Shiraz with a fresh and energetic vibe. 97 points from James Halliday and remarkable value!

$28.00$27.00

Rated 4.5 out of 5
6 Reviews
About
This wine pays homage to the Bondar style with fragrance and a lightness of touch.

Andre Bondar, Owner/winemaker

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 - it's one of the most respected sites in McLaren Vale where Seaview and Blewitt Springs meet. You get the lively, bright blue fruits of the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs with the power and structure of the Seaview terroir. It's a winning combination. 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 Wines 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.

The couple best 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%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

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

Critic Reviews

97Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"A blend of vinification approaches for specific blocks and parcels, all from the estate.  Scented with dark spices  and dark fruits - fruits that drive the palate, initially dense, then lifting on the finish, illuminating what's gone before.  From the Rayner Vineyard." - James Halliday (The Australian)

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A surprising, bold take on a Shiraz - very unexpected in an awesome way!

Ive been wanting to try this for a while after all of the feedback/reviews id come across and was not disappointed. It has an amazing dynamic that was unexpected that made it all the more memorable.

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Nuanced new school

It's lovely to enjoy this new style of Shiraz with all the yummy fruit parcels on offer and nice balance of acidity without all the oak that often dominates.

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A standard big red

A perfectly good example of a big Aussie Shiraz

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Great Value

Great fruit, easy but enjoyable drinking.

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Silky smooth

I am a regular lover of Shiraz from McLaren Vale and thought this was very good for the price. It's very smooth with lots of flavour but not too heavy. Will be buying again.

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