Bondar Wines Rose 2023


James Halliday's Best New Winery in his 2017 Australian Wine Companion

Started in 2012, Bondar is the vision of husband and wife team Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly.  Andre, with a history as a winemaker in the Adelaide Hills and Selina with a background in marketing and law, have planted roots (literally) in the north of McLaren Vale, on the border of Blewitt Springs and the Beautiful View (Seaview) subregions.  Plantings of bush vine Grenache are up to 50 years old and Shiraz up to 65 years are already in play, while newer, more close planted Counoise (one of the 13 Ch?teauneuf varieties) has been recently planted, and Mataro, Carignan and Cinsault are on the horizon. 

This wine is a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Cinsault, sourced from four sites with a range of soil types--from the white sands of Blewitt Springs to the cracking, black clays of Whites Valley. Fruit from all four blocks was hand-picked, then crushed and left to sit on skins for varying amounts of time (three, six and twelve hours). Perfect balance and some lovely complexity make this an exceptional buy.

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