Bondar Rayner Vineyard Shiraz 2020

Bondar Rayner Vineyard Shiraz 2020

 

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Bondar
Rayner Vineyard Shiraz 2020
  • Vintage : 2020
  • Country : Australia
  • Region : McLaren Vale
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style : Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
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The Bondar Rayner Vineyard Shiraz exemplifies the finesse and depth of McLaren Vale's terroir, offering a beautifully balanced and expressive Shiraz that captures the essence of this renowned vineyard.

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 94 2020
JH James Halliday 97 2016
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Region and Vineyards

The Rayner Vineyard, located in the prestigious McLaren Vale region, spans approximately 20 hectares, with about three-quarters of this land planted with vines. This vineyard is uniquely situated on the border of the Blewitt Springs and Seaview sub-regions, each contributing distinctive characteristics to the wine. Blewitt Springs is known for its deep sandy soils, which help in retaining moisture and contribute to the elegant structure of the wines. In contrast, Seaview provides elevation and cooler temperatures, which enhance the balance and complexity of the wines.

McLaren Vale itself is one of Australia’s most celebrated wine regions, known for its Mediterranean climate, which is ideal for cultivating robust and flavorful Shiraz. The region's proximity to the Gulf St. Vincent and the Adelaide Hills moderates the climate, providing cooling breezes that ensure the grapes mature slowly and evenly. This diverse terroir, combined with meticulous vineyard management practices, results in wines of exceptional quality and character​​​​.

Winemaking

The Rayner Vineyard Shiraz is crafted from 100% Shiraz grapes, sourced from two of the oldest blocks in the Rayner Vineyard, planted in 1950. These two blocks offer distinct soil compositions: Block 24, with its deep sandy soils and ironstone rocks, provides a wonderful fragrance and elegant structure to the wine. Block 1, with its shallow clay over limestone base, adds backbone and structure. This blend of soils ensures a balanced and complex wine.

The grapes are hand-picked and undergo wild yeast fermentation, spending about two weeks on skins to extract optimal color and flavor. Approximately 20% whole bunches are included in the fermentation to add structure and complexity. The wine is then aged for 20 months in mostly used French hogsheads, with only 5% new oak to ensure the fruit remains the focus. This approach results in a wine that is rich yet refined, with a silky texture and a well-integrated oak influence​​.

Did you know?

Bondar Wines was founded in 2013 by Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly. Their winemaking philosophy blends traditional McLaren Vale fruit with cool-climate techniques inspired by their experiences in the Northern Rhône and the Adelaide Hills. This unique approach is evident in the elegant and balanced style of their wines​​.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Deep ruby red with vibrant hues.
  • Aroma: Aromas of dark berries, brambles, and raspberry, complemented by hints of spice, vanilla, and toffee.
  • Palate: Full-bodied and smooth, the wine offers a silky mouthfeel with flavors of dark fruits like black cherry and blackberry, along with notes of spice and a touch of vanilla. The fine acidity and well-integrated tannins provide a balanced structure and a long, satisfying finish.

Wine Pairing Ideas

  • Grilled Ribeye Steak: The robust flavors and tannins of the Shiraz complement the rich, juicy character of a grilled ribeye, enhancing the meat’s savory notes.
  • Braised Lamb Shanks: The wine’s depth and complexity pair well with the hearty and flavorful nature of braised lamb shanks, creating a harmonious and satisfying combination.
  • Mushroom Risotto: The earthy flavors of mushroom risotto are beautifully enhanced by the Shiraz’s dark fruit and spice notes, providing a rich and complementary pairing.
  • Aged Cheddar Cheese: The sharpness and depth of aged cheddar are balanced by the Shiraz’s fruitiness and acidity, making for a delightful and sophisticated match.

History of Bondar Estate

Bondar Wines was established in 2013 when Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly acquired the Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. Their vision was to create wines that combine the rich, robust fruit of McLaren Vale with the finesse and elegance they admired in cool-climate wines from regions like the Northern Rhône and the Adelaide Hills. Andre, with a background in winemaking and a deep passion for viticulture, and Selina, who brought her experience in the wine industry, formed a perfect partnership dedicated to producing high-quality wines.

The Rayner Vineyard, with its old, dry-grown Grenache and Shiraz vines, provided the ideal foundation for their winemaking journey.

The estate's bush vines, some up to 70 years old, and the introduction of other varieties like Mourvèdre, Carignan, Touriga, Counoise, Cinsault, and Sagrantino, reflect their commitment to exploring the full potential of McLaren Vale's diverse terroir.

Region and Vineyards

McLaren Vale, situated in South Australia, is celebrated for its Mediterranean climate and diverse soils, making it one of Australia's premier wine regions. The Rayner Vineyard spans around 20 hectares, with about three-quarters planted to vine. The vineyard is strategically located on the border of the Blewitt Springs and Seaview sub-regions, each contributing unique characteristics to the wines.

Blewitt Springs is known for its deep sandy soils that help retain moisture, producing wines with elegant structure and fine tannins. In contrast, Seaview offers higher elevation and cooler temperatures, adding balance and complexity to the wines. The combination of these sub-regions allows Bondar to craft wines with remarkable depth, character, and finesse.

Wine Range

Bondar Wines produces a diverse range of wines that showcase the best of McLaren Vale's terroir. Their portfolio includes:

  • Rayner Vineyard Shiraz: Known for its rich, robust flavors and elegant structure, this Shiraz is a true reflection of McLaren Vale's terroir.
  • Violet Hour Shiraz: A refined and complex Shiraz that captures the unique qualities of the Rayner Vineyard.
  • Junto GSM: An innovative blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro, offering a fresh and vibrant expression of these Mediterranean varieties.
  • Rayner Vineyard Grenache: Celebrated for its purity and aromatic intensity, this Grenache showcases the old vines' depth and complexity.

Each wine in their range is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, emphasizing minimal intervention and sustainable practices to preserve the natural expression of the vineyard.

Did You Know?

The name "Bondar" is inspired by Andre Bondar's family heritage. It reflects the founders' dedication to their roots and their passion for creating wines that honor the traditions and terroir of McLaren Vale.

Robert Parker (RP) : 94 Points (2020)
The fruit for this 2020 Rayner Vineyard Shiraz is from Blewitt Springs, and the wine needs some time to open—I gave it 30 minutes in the glass, but it could easily handle a decant prior to serving. Once the fruit is freed from the shackles of tannin, it flowers with dark cocoa, mulberry, chocolate-coated raspberries and licorice. In the mouth, the wine is velvety and silky, but it is imbued with a freshness and a life that is most attractive. This is an elegant, medium-bodied Shiraz, and it's highly recommended.

James Halliday (JH) : 97 Points (2016)

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