2017 Bondar Grenache Rosé
ABOUT THE WINE
A pale, dry rosé sourced from three sites: Bondar’s own Rayner vineyard, and two grower blocks with similar soil types, vigour and vine age.The Grenache vines are hand-picked early in the season to capture the brightness, fresh aromas and flavours that you will love. This delicate wine has been designed to be best enjoyed in its youth (now, or soon), which won’t be a problem as this 2017 wine is near impossible to put down.
Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale. Our home. Set amongst two hills on the border of the Blewitt Springs and Beautiful View (Seaview) sub-regions just North of the township of McLaren Vale, the Rayner vineyard is one of the better-known blocks of the region. Vine plantings date back to the 1950s when the property was owned by the Rayner family, and are made up mostly of what the region does best, Shiraz and Grenache. Straddling Twenty-eight road, the eastern side of the road is a huge sandhill, part of the Pirramimma sandstone geology that stretches right through the region.
Think of summer foods, like tomato salads, olives, salumi, vegetables right off the grill. Rosés love brash flavors: salty, a little spicy, redolent of summer herbs like basil and oregano, and, of course, garlic. Olives, cured with cumin and garlic or baked with herbs? Of course. Prosciutto and melon? Perfect. Toasts with tapenade? Even better.
Pork sausages right off the grill are terrific with rosés, and so are grilled vegetables, such as peppers, zucchini and eggplant, seasoned with handfuls of basil and moistened with good olive oil.