Bondar Wines 'Junto' Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2023


Junto is Spanish for "together", and in this case is a collection of Grenache (21%), Shiraz (21%), Mataro (15%) and Carignan (2%). The Grenache is culled from three separate blocks: the lion's share from Bondar's own Rayner Vineyard; a grower five km away in McLaren Flat (with 80 year old vines); and Trott  Wilpena vineyard in Blewitt Springs contribute the balance.

The Shiraz is also home-grown Rayner fruit, while the Mataro is sourced from a grower in the foothills of Willunga, on the famed Kurrajong soils. The tiny addition of Counoise and Carignan are drawn from young plantings in the Rayner Vineyard.

It was all wild-fermented with approximately 15% whole-bunches, then raised in old oak. The blend is put together with the idea that Grenache is the hero, with Shiraz adding supporting flesh and the Mataro spice and structure/tannin while the Carignan and Counoise, lighten the feel of the palate and contribute to the complexity of flavours.

"Frisky red fruited style with a smattering of dried herb and lemon zest. It’s light to medium-bodied, strawberry and orange rind, light grip of tannin, kind of edgy in character, though I like the fresh spiced and sappy strawberry thing it offers. There’s something like ozone or coal dust in the mix too, and the finish is lively, spicy and red fruited, with a Campari-like bitterness. Fun wine, could take a light chill even."
91pts | Gary Walsh | Wine Front

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