Bondar Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018
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.