2022 Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz

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The very model of a modern McLaren Vale Shiraz. Seriously great buying!
4.6
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
29 Reviews

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95 points
"This is harmonious and poised, everything serenely balanced, unstretched. To echo an earlier review, this is a tremendous bargain." - Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

"This is crafted to perfection, perfect for exuberant drinking straight from the fridge."
- Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

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 Bondar's Rayner vineyard in McLaren Vale is second to none - it's one of the most respected sites in the region 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.

"The 2022 vintage might be my favourite release of the Violet Hour to date..."
- Andre Bondar (Bondar Wines)

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.

95 points - "Fragrant and vivid, this comes off Rayner vineyard blocks planted mainly to deep, sandy soils. Batches are fermented with varying levels of bunches, berries and time on skins; 10 months in seasoned oak. The aim is to express the perfume that sandy soil can yield in the fruit, framed but unobstructed by elaboration to bottle. And what a success it is. Blackberry, blueberry, cherry and damson plum scented with purple florals, anise and clove, a ferrous mineral note tempering. Mid-weight, supple of texture but shored up with a fine, detailed net of tannin – and that mineral tension – this is harmonious and poised, everything serenely balanced, unstretched. To echo an earlier review, this is a tremendous bargain." - Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

92 points - "A slushy, plush, highly aromatic, full-bodied shiraz. Iodine and peppercorns with a hint of whole-bunch greenery lacing the tannic chewiness in the finish. This is crafted to perfection, perfect for exuberant drinking straight from the fridge. Drink now. Screw cap." - Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

4.6
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
Based on 29 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 21 Total 4 star reviews: 5 Total 3 star reviews: 3 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
90%would recommend this product
29 reviews
  • JM
    Judy M.
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Amazing

    One of my favourite wineries, Always have great wines

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • CP
    Craig P.
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    1 week ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Brilliant Bondar

    A fabulous wine, depth and breadth across the palate was immense, wonderful plush fruit profile. A great reflection of vintage and region.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • GR
    Gavin R.
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    2 months ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Bondar 2021 violet hour Shiraz

    Easy to drink and fantastic value.

    TasteRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • RC
    Robert C.
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    2 months ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Bargain Shiraz.

    A bargain shiraz for all occasions due to the outstanding quality.

    Beautiful colour, bouquet & impact on the palate.

    Bondar does it again!

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • MR
    Michael R.
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    9 months ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    More good Bondar gear

    Black and purple fruit with some x-factor. Super value.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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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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