Bondar Clarendon Vineyard Shiraz 2022


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Region: McLaren Vale
Grapes: Shiraz
First Glance: Perfumed, Concentrated, Balanced, Powerful
Acclaim: 96pts

The Wine:
Sourced from the famous Hickinbotham vineyard in Clarendon. Farmed biodynamically, dry grown, rocky red, ironstone rich soils, planted in 1971. This is a revered site in McLaren Vale, situated much further inland than our Rayner Vineyard, and at 250m altitude, this is a very different expression of Shiraz. Finer, with ferrous quality and red fruits, there is a tightness and coiled power.

The Review:
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - 96pts
"All the blueberries, dried raspberry friand, spice, quite some perfume here too, along with black olive and thyme. It’s medium to full-bodied, somewhat earthy and ferrous, acidity feels bright but well settled, toasted hazelnut, iodine, with impeccable length. Wow, this is a wine of presence and intensity, though not at the expense of charm and drinkability. So good.”