Bondar Rayner Vineyard Shiraz 2022


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Region: McLaren Vale
Grapes: Shiraz
First Glance: Dark Fruits, Lifted Spice, Dried Herb, Savoury
Acclaim: 95pts

The Wine:
Hand-picked fruit, wild yeast ferment, 2 weeks on skins. About 20% whole bunches. 18 months ageing in mostly used French hogsheads (with 5% new oak as part of the final blend).  No fining or filtration, bottled in August 2023.

The Review:
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - 95pts
"Blueberry, blackberry, mint and sage, seaweed, some liquorice and biscuit spice. It’s full-bodied, but only just, saline and savoury, black olive, sweet blue and black fruit, raspberry ripple, ripe fine-grained but insistent tannin, oyster shell and cool peppermint, it’s thoroughly regional but has depth and presence. Lots to like here, and it feels classic McLaren Vale in character, though turned out with a light and deft touch in the winery. Ripe tannin rolls out the red raspberry carpet on a finish of fine length."