Bondar Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2019
Bondar’s Chardonnay is, as always, sourced from the 30-year-old Rathmine single vineyard in Echunga (450 metres above sea level), on stony, shallow clay loam over a limestone base. All of Bondar’s fruit is hand-picked in the cool of early morning, whole-bunch pressed directly to barrel, and fermented naturally in French oak (approx. 25% new) and two ceramic eggs. With the natural acid of the fruit so high, some parcels were allowed to go through malo naturally until the balance of acidity was just so. No lees stirring. Here’s Andre Bondar, “2018 was a great year for Chardonnay in the Adelaide Hills. It was generally warmer and drier than the last couple of years and the resulting fruit was in great balance—full of flavour but with great acidity. The resulting wine shows the same – power of flavour but retaining finesse.” A wonderfully pure and racy Chardonnay for a great price. Hats off.
"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."93 pointsThe Wine front
"Hand-picked from a single vineyard, 405 dozen made. A complex wine, but there's no suggestion of its fruit being compromised by winemaker's thumbprints. It has perfect balance and a freshness to the white peach, melon and grapefruit flavours. The finish and aftertaste are the high points of a high class wine."97 Pointswine companion.com