Rayner Vineyard planted in 1970. It sits on the southern tip of Blewitt Springs. Red fruit, perfume of herbs and roses, cut fennel, spice and almond meal. It’s fresh, but flavoursome, some sap and spice, raspberry and basil, fine chalk dust tannin, perfume of dried herb and juicy red fruits to close. Well here’s another fine Grenache we’ve gotten ourselves into. 94 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Says Andre, “We really want the Rayner Grenache to be a pretty, yet savoury wine, and generally a lighter expression of the variety than most examples in our region. We believe that this is what our 1970 block wants to produce so we just try to let it express itself as best as we can.”
Bondar ended up using around 20% whole bunches in 2019, to add more savoury notes and fine structure for aging. Two-thirds of the wine was aged in old oak hogsheads, with the balance in ceramic vessels. All this has resulted in a beautifully aromatic, pure and mineral Grenache, scented with wonderful raspberry and spice fruit and framed by fine, powdery tannins and mouthwatering freshness. To be frank, this is simply too cheap for the quality. All class. McLaren Vale Grenache in its purest guise.