The New Frontier
Mixed 3 Pack
McLaren Vale, South Australia

$99.00

Fruit
Earth
Body
Tannin
Acid
Alcohol

Included in this Pack:

1 bottle 2018 Paralian Grenache | Shiraz
1 bottle 2018 Aphelion ‘The Confluence’ Grenache
1 bottle 2019 Bondar Nero

2018 Paralian Grenache | Shiraz: A wine full of life, purity and joy. It’s a pleasure to drink. A wonderful introduction to the Gembrook Hill range this wine is handled gently in the winery and captures the essence of the Upper Yarra Valley. The palate is super silky and dangerously drinkable. It’s all about red fruits – Strawberries, raspberry and cherry with a subtle savoury underlay.

2018 Aphelion ‘The Confluence’ Grenache: Vibrant colours provide a nice visual appearance. The palate is packed with character. Starts with red fruits softly moving a little black – redcurrant, strawberry, cranberry and cherry mix with star anise, dried leaf and deep organic soil. The palate is free flowing and wonderful. There’s a wonderful freshness to the acid and a fine, very silky buffer of tannin.

2019 Bondar Nero: Over the years my simplified description of this grape is that it is the Italian Shiraz. Originally from Sicily it loves the sun and produces full flavoured wines as a result. This is the new frontier of the McLaren Vale and the first foray for Andre and Selina Bondar into Nero d’Avola. The results are super exciting and Im delighted to be able to offer a tiny amount of this wine on Wine Theory (total production of 60 dozen). It’s all about red fruits on the nose with crunchy raspberry and strawberry characters. The baking is all about spice – white and black pepper. Bright acidity and chalky tannins create a frame for joyful drinking.

Producer Profile

Paralian
Paralian is the love child of Charlie Seppelt and Skye Salter. They met while working at Hardy’s Tintara back in 2008 and after a collective 46 vintages all over the world, decided to start something of their own. This is the first vintage of Paralian and I’m delighted to be featuring it on Wine Theory. These are wonderful wines made by beautiful people. Certainly ones to watch!

Aphelion
Rob Mack, the man behind the label. Clearly a talented individual, who since 2015 has captured the attention of the wine world with his take on this region and grape. After having a wine epiphany over a bottle of Barolo (I can’t blame him!) he threw away his previous career, jumping head first into a winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University. Rob picked up hands on experience along the way working at places like Kilikanoon in the Clare Valley, but his voice and direction became well-honed on his own label, Aphelion.

Bondar
Bondar started in 2012 and is the vision of husband and wife team Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly. Andre, with a history as a winemaker in the Adelaide Hills and Selina with a background in marketing and law, have planted roots (literally) in the north of McLaren Vale, on the border of Blewitt Springs and the Beautiful View (Seaview) subregions. Their new home is the Rayner Vineyard on Chalk Hill Road in McLaren Vale, where the oldest vines date back to the 1950s. Plantings of bush vine Grenache are up to 50 years old and Shiraz up to 65 years are already in play, while newer, more close planted Counoise (one of the 13 Châteauneuf varieties) has been recently planted, and Mataro, Carignan and Cinsault are on the horizon. The vineyards are in the process of transitioning to progressively more organic management, which we are sure will see quality hit even greater heights. This year has seen the release of their first Nero d’Avola, a very exciting addition to the range.

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Included in this Pack:

1 bottle 2018 Paralian Grenache | Shiraz
1 bottle 2018 Aphelion ‘The Confluence’ Grenache
1 bottle 2019 Bondar Nero

2018 Paralian Grenache | Shiraz: A wine full of life, purity and joy. It’s a pleasure to drink. A wonderful introduction to the Gembrook Hill range this wine is handled gently in the winery and captures the essence of the Upper Yarra Valley. The palate is super silky and dangerously drinkable. It’s all about red fruits – Strawberries, raspberry and cherry with a subtle savoury underlay.

2018 Aphelion ‘The Confluence’ Grenache: Vibrant colours provide a nice visual appearance. The palate is packed with character. Starts with red fruits softly moving a little black – redcurrant, strawberry, cranberry and cherry mix with star anise, dried leaf and deep organic soil. The palate is free flowing and wonderful. There’s a wonderful freshness to the acid and a fine, very silky buffer of tannin.

2019 Bondar Nero: Over the years my simplified description of this grape is that it is the Italian Shiraz. Originally from Sicily it loves the sun and produces full flavoured wines as a result. This is the new frontier of the McLaren Vale and the first foray for Andre and Selina Bondar into Nero d’Avola. The results are super exciting and Im delighted to be able to offer a tiny amount of this wine on Wine Theory (total production of 60 dozen). It’s all about red fruits on the nose with crunchy raspberry and strawberry characters. The baking is all about spice – white and black pepper. Bright acidity and chalky tannins create a frame for joyful drinking.