2020 Rayner Vineyard Grenache
The Grenache block of the Rayner Vineyard was planted in 1970 - a dry farmed plot with deep sand soil. Within the vineyard block, Bondar selects a specific area for this wine, where the vines recieve the least natural water, and are therefore are restricted in growth, with short shoots and small berries and bunches. This area faces gently East, so misses out on the hot, late afternoon sun in the summer months.
Hand-picked fruit, wild yeast ferments, 20% whole bunches, fermented and aged for around 6 months in ceramic eggs and old French barrels. Unfined, unfiltered, bottled in December.
TASTING NOTES |
Elegant, pretty, and savory, the Bondar Rayner Vineyard Grenache is a pure expression of the grape. The grapes were picked earlier than some to preserve the red fruit and herbal components, including raspberry and strawberry, along with the taut, acid-driven backbone. The inclusion of whole bunches adds tannin and extra layers of complexity providing structure for long-term aging.
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