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  • "Great extension of flavour, great feel of freshness and vitality. Drink up!" Mike Bennie
  • Fermented dry, with a lovely mid palate weight
  • Fruit sourced from 3 vineyards, including Bondar's Rayner Vineyard

Tasting Notes

Colour Pale-Straw
Nose Pale salmon pink in colour, the nose is a subtle mix of watermelon, floral musk, minty herbaceousness and a faint dusting of raspberry
Palate The palate is delicate yet generous, with an overall savoury impression driven by a lovely chalky tannin and bone dry finish
Food Pairing As an aperitif or with fresh seafood
Cellaring 1-3 Years
Notes Eminently drinkable as a young wine, yet has the required fruit and acidity to see it cellar 1-3 years with ease
Variety Grenache
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2017
Region McLaren Vale
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 12.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Bondar Wines
Bondar wines began its life in March 2012, when Andre, Selina and a small group of their family and friends hand-picked a couple of tonnes of Shiraz grapes for their first ever wine. It was a beautiful, calm, warm summer's evening, and when the sun went down the McLaren Vale sky lit up with one of the most spectacularly beautiful sunsets they had ever seen and it was this moment that inspired The Violet Hour Shiraz.

There is certainly no shortage of boutique wines in Australia, so the decision to start a new winery may seem somewhat irrational. For Andre and Selina, it stemmed from a desire to create. Andre began life in the wine industry in 2001 and after vintages around the world and Australia, he spent most of his winemaking career at Nepenthe in the Adelaide Hills. After a couple of years at Mitolo to 'learn as much as I could about McLaren Vale vineyards', Andre and his wife Selina decided to embark on their own adventure; masters of their own destiny. Andre's major influences come from his time working with Adelaide Hills fruit as senior winemaker at Nepenthe wines, and his time in the Northern Rhone, France at Domaine Allain Graillot.
McLaren Vale
The McLaren Vale wine region is located less than an hours drive south of Adelaide, along the coastline.

Shiraz is by far the most widely planted variety, and the most important variety for the region, accounting for about 50% of the total crush. Every winery in the region will likely be producing at least one or more Shiraz wines, and with the wide range of unique terroirs available, each influenced by the maritime climate in unique ways, each Shiraz will have its own regional nuances.

Shiraz produced in McLaren Vale will often exhibit chocolate and coffee notes, with a little less pepper than those from Barossa Valley, and are often blended with Grenache. Other red varieties grown include Cabernet Sauvignon (and Merlot blends) Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Zinfandel. The main white variety would be Chardonnay, however Semillon and it's common blending partner Sauvignon Blanc are made, alongside lesser amounts of Riesling, Pronto Bianco, Vermentino and Fiano.

If you plan to visit McLaren Vale there are over 65 cellar doors so you'll be spoiled for choice, ranging from the small-boutique wineries to very large wineries. The drive from McLaren Vale up to the Barossa Valley is very scenic, passing over the rolling Adelaide Hills, and though the quaint German-settled town of Hahndorf.
Mike Bennie
Rose water, faint Turkish Delight, ultra perfumed with sweet spice, pomegranate, cranberry. So fine in the palate, bone china delicate, cranberry-tang, a web of ultra lacy yet firm, talc-like tannins. Great extension of flavour, great feel of freshness and vitality. Drink up!


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