Bondar Rayner Vineyard Grenache 2019
There must be a bit of magic behind Bondar. All of the wines have an ethereal quality JANE FAULKNER, Halliday Wine Companion
Marquee McLaren Vale vineyard now in the hands of some really good people, really good winemakers. It’s a very exciting proposition. The resulting wines, so far, short as the tenure has been, have been great. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front
Best New Winery James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2017
There is something genuinely exciting about Bondar. The story isn’t new but the execution of the vision is flawless. You wine family buys old vines in established area and begins to create a new style of wine. Here though the proof is in the pudding, or the glass, more than the story or the sales pitch. In short order this has become one of the hottest properties in South Oz.
Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly acquired the Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale’s Blewitt Springs back in 2013 they immediately began the arduous task of bringing the vineyard, already highly prized in the area, up to their exacting standards. Conversion to organics and a lot of manual labour has seen the vineyard really his its straps in recent years.
For me this is an “all the stars aligned” kind of situation. There has been a, not so quiet, revolution in McLaren Vale for some years now with new blood infusing the region with energy and some old stalwarts changing tack to explore a more lively style of wine and to try and really see what these old vines can do. This is where these two step in, right in the middle of this transformative era and they begin to immediately make their stamp on the place and the styles people are making. Right people. Right place. Right time.
While every wine they make is superb one consistently stands out in the range. We stock and sell and love all of Bondar’s wines but today I wanted to bring your attention to this utterly captivating and sumptuously fruited Grenache. It is a, the if you as me, variety well suited to the region that has not been utlised to its fullest until quite recently. The 2019 Rayner is like a blueprint for where the style is today in Australia. The wine has all those nuances and perfume, the dark and lip smakingly sweet fruit and the pulsing energy that you expect from the best examples globally. It is a wine of light and shade, dark, richly caressing and supple but with detailed aromatics and a lively overall feeling.
This is something I think I can fairly say “if you like good red wine you will love this”. It delivers on so many fronts. A part of the new breed of top flight Australian wines that are exciting to taste and just as much fun to drink. Bravo Selina and Andre.