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  • 2019 BONDAR JUNTO GSM 750ml


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88% Grenache, 6% Shiraz, 3% Mataro, 2% Carignan & 1% Counoise
McLaren Vale, Australia

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JUNTO (Spanish, Portuguese): ‘Together’

BONDAR WINES - Founded in 2013, Bondar is the vision of husband-and-wife team
Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly. Their home is the Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. The estate is
comprised of plantings of dry-grown Grenache (up to 50 years old) and dry-grown Shiraz (up to 70
years old), with bush vine Grenache, bush vine Mourvedre, Carignan, Touriga, Counoise, Cinsault, and
Sagrantino all more recent additions. Stylistically, Bondar is Andre and Selina’s take on McLaren Vale
fruit through the lens of cool climate experiences from the Northern Rhone to the Adelaide Hills.

RAYNER VINEYARD - This highly regarded property in McLaren Vale spans around
20 hectares, with about three-quarters of that acreage planted to vine. It’s situated on the border of the
Blewitt Springs and Beautiful View (Seaview) sub-regions, which provides valuable blending options as
each sub-region performs differently depending on vintage conditions.

A Southern Rhone style blend that is intended to be unpretentious and an easy to drink, bistro style. The Grenache leads the blend with its pretty red fruits and perfume, with Shiraz and Mataro lending spice and structure. The fruit is all hand-picked and handled gently in the winery, with élevage taking place in old oak.

VINEYARDS - Grenache from an estate block plus two growers (65-year-old Trott vineyard
deep in Blewitt Springs, and McLaren Flat with 80+ year old vines on sand); all estate Shiraz from
Rayner Vineyard with 70-year-old vines in sand; Mataro from Willunga on rocky clay soil; Carignan &
Counoise are new estate plantings.

WINEMAKING - Handpicked, the fruit was gently handled in the winery (15% whole bunches)
and aged for about 8 months in neutral large French oak barrels.

The grapes for Junto are picked early to create a very fresh, bright wine, with red fruits and
lovely herbal characters. There’s a life to the palate, a nerve, a tension as well which elevates
the intentionally light palate to a more serious place. The blend is put together with the idea
that Grenache really is the hero, with Shiraz adding supporting flesh and the Mataro spice and

WINNER - Best Grenache Blend, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2020
WINNER - Best Small Producer (Bondar Wines), McLaren Vale Wine Show 2020

13.9% ABV

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