Bondar Chardonnay 2020


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The Wine

Fruit sourced from a single vineyard in Echunga in the Adelaide Hills. Hand-picked and lightly pressed straight to barrel sans sulphur, the juice was allowed to ferment naturally in french oak barrels (about 25% new) for ten months. The 2020 vintage produced tiny yields for Chardonnay in the Adelaide Hills, with crops up to 50% down in areas of the Rathmine vineyard. The resulting wine is a beautifully balanced version with intense white peach flavours sitting proudly on top of more subtle cedar oak and a flick of reduction.

The Reviews

”Wild-yeast fermentation in (25% new) barrels, spontaneous malolactic and lees work, sans stirring in lieu of the low-yielding hot year. While I find the array of Mediterranean varieties at this estate compelling, this is exceptional chardonnay from the Hills. Riveting! A core of nougat, cashew, vanilla pod and oatmeal cream, with rims of mineral pungency and a frame flecked by stone-fruit references, sweet and savoury/sour. A thrilling tussle between extract, energy and structural binds." - Ned Goodwin MW, 95 points Halliday Wine Companion 2022