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Bondar Wines Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2019

Andre Bondar worked with Nepenthe for seven vintages, so when it came to finding a quality source for Chardonnay in the Adelaide Hills, he knew exactly what he was after.  Sourced from a single vineyard in Echunga (450 metres above sea level), the fruit was hand-picked and lightly pressed straight to barrel without sulphur. The juice was then allowed to ferment naturally before being matured in barrel (about 20% new) for nine months. A portion of the barrels were allowed to go through malolactic fermentation, others not - so while it’s a serious glass of Chardonnay in terms of depth, complexity and finesse, it maintains fabulous line, with focus and clarity and freshness.

 “Adelaide Hills chardonnay grown at 400 metres. Fermented wild. Matured in French oak, 20% new, for nine months prior to bottling. Some malo, some not. It’s light-ish in some ways but it’s ever-so-attractive. Lemon, nectarine and pear flavours float across the tongue, the texture just-so, the acidity neatly contained within the fruit and yet offering plenty of refreshment.

"We want Bondar Chardonnay to be a complex wine with layers, but we still want the overall feel to be fresh" notes Selina Kelly. Hence, all Bondar's fruit is hand-picked in the cool of first morning, whole bunch pressed direct to barrel, and fermented naturally in French oak (three out of the 11 barrels were new). With the Adeliade Hills' natural acid so high in 2017, the majority of the barrels were allowed to go through malo, and Andre and Selina chose not to stir the lees as it tends to dominate the flavour profile. This 2017 is a more finely drawn, delicate expression of the region; while it's a serious glass of Chardonnay in terms of depth, complexity and finesse, it maintains fabulous line, with focus, clarity and freshness.

"Bernard (Yes, Minister) clone from the Rathmine vineyard, situated between Hahndorf and Echunga. Drove from the Barossa to McLaren Vale via The Hills the other day, and gee it was green and pretty, unlike at Easter where it looked brown and parched.

White peach, citrus, cinnamon oatmeal, aniseeed, and some struck match. Juicy citrus, slight creaminess, subtle savoury chicken flavour, intensity of acidity with a quartz-like texture, and a brisk lemony finish of good length. Zippy and excellent."
Rated : 93 Points Winefront.com.au

 

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