Bondar Junto Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2019
Junto is Spanish for ‘together’, and in this case means a union of old friends Grenache (88%), Shiraz (6%), Mataro (3%), Carignan (2%) and Counoise (1%). The Grenache is culled from three separate blocks: the lion’s share from Bondar’s own Rayner Vineyard; a grower five km away in McLaren Flat (with 80-year-old vines); and Trott Wilpena vineyard in Blewitt Springs contribute the balance. The Shiraz is also home-grown Rayner fruit, while the Mataro is sourced from a grower in the foothills of Willunga, on the famed Kurrajong soils. The tiny addition of Counoise and Carignan are drawn from young plantings in the Rayner Vineyard. It was all wild-fermented with approximately 15% whole-bunches, then raised in old oak. The blend is put together with the idea that Grenache is the hero, with Shiraz adding supporting flesh and the Mataro spice and structure/tannin while the Carignan and Counoise, lighten the feel of the palate and contribute to the complexity of flavours.
As always, Junto is a lively, vibrant wine with restraint, energy and sheer drinkability that has rarely been associated with the red wines of the McLaren Vale. Fresh, unpretentious and delicious, and an absolute steal for the money.
“Crisp and crunchy light-bodied wine. Raspberry, red cherry, black olive rolled in herbs. A little rasp of tannin, could possibly take a little chill, saline and dry with moderate length. Freshness and ease of drinking is on offer.”91+ pointsThe Wine Front