Grenache, shiraz and mataro are brought together here, with various parcels seeing various winemaking techniques, including whole bunches and longer macerations and all sorts. A lot of the fruit comes off Bondar’s own Rayner Vineyard, a sacred site in McLaren Vale, if you ask around or drink widely. The gist here seems to be ‘wine for easy approach’, though the architecture seems to have more intent.
Sheesh, this has something going on. I like the scent, floral, gently sweet, something candied, a lolly bag just opened, but the breeze of fern and briar whips that away and you get a wholly more complex perfume. Drinking is a charm. So satiny, just on medium weight, the sleek slide of nice pinot noir with the jolly sweet fruit of ruddier grapes slipping in. Its red berries all through the palate with a faint lick of herbal spice – simple done well, freshness on its side. That texture is so good. Makes you want to drink and drink. And it’s got fine edges and length. Long, slow claps. - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.