2022 Bondar Higher Springs Grenache

A crisp, red-fruited Grenache from McLaren Vale. Beautiful drinking from the Bondar family.
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The Bondar Rayner vineyard straddles the Seaview and Blewitt Springs sub-regions of McLaren Vale. The best portions of their home-grown Grenache have always come from the sandy soils on the Blewitt Springs side. And recently, Andre has found himself a little fruit from a block right in the heart of the Grenache purple patch.

The Higher Springs Grenache is grown on Sue Trott's beautiful Blewitt Springs vineyard, planted in 1952.

It's a darker, more broody expression of Grenache than their Rayner vineyard wine but all the better for it and should see it evolve beautifully in bottle.

Just 80 dozen made.

94+ Points
"Cherry, raspberry, almond, dried roses and thyme, with quite some spice and a little cedar. It’s medium-bodied, cherry and dried herb, a little blood orange in the mix, tannin is firm with a light graininess and grip, with a sappy freshness, and a dry pumice stone tannin finish of excellent length, some orange peel in the aftertaste. It has a good volume of fruit, yet its pretty savoury in style too, with an amaro twist. More to come, I expect."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

A small production and limited release wine.

Sometimes when you walk into a vineyard that is this beautiful, you can’t help but think that it must make amazing wine. This fruit is from Sue Trott’s Wilpena vineyard. It’s in the heart of Blewitt Springs. The vines were planted in 1952 and are dry grown on deep sand. It faces quite steeply east, not a very common thing in McLaren Vale, so misses out on a lot of late afternoon (hot) sun.

Hand-picked fruit, aged in old French oak for 10 months, and bottled with no fining, filtration or additions apart from a small amount of Sulphur to keep the wine fresh. The Trott vineyard tends to have a darker fruit profile, with great power and structure. It is a Grenache that needs time to come together, to soften and show it’s true beauty. We hope that this in turn will help it to age for a long time, to hang tight to its freshness and vitality over many years.

80 dozen bottles made.

94+ Points - "Cherry, raspberry, almond, dried roses and thyme, with quite some spice and a little cedar. It’s medium-bodied, cherry and dried herb, a little blood orange in the mix, tannin is firm with a light graininess and grip, with a sappy freshness, and a dry pumice stone tannin finish of excellent length, some orange peel in the aftertaste. It has a good volume of fruit, yet its pretty savoury in style too, with an amaro twist. More to come, I expect."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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Bondar Wines

Andre & Selina Bondar are one of the great modern Australian wine success stories. We have been massive fans of their wines since their very first vintage and tell anyone who will listen that if you want to taste what modern McLaren Vale wines are all about then this is who you need to try.

Their home block, the highly decorated Rayner Vineyard, which straddles the Blewitt Springs and Seaview sub-regions of The Vale, was originally planted back in the 1950s but the Bondar family chapter in that vineyard's story will be its most significant. Dre and Sel's wines are honest and vibrant, built more on freshness and digestibility rather than raw South Australian power.

They make brilliant, vibrant Grenache, balanced and concentrated Shiraz, elegant Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, and one of the country's most bankable Rose wines plus a raft of small-batch alternative varieties. Their range nails quality and drinkability at every turn.

Andre & Selina Bondar - McLaren Vale, SA Discover Bondar Wines

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