Bondar Wines, ‘Violet Hour’ Shiraz, 2014£20.95
What’s in the name:
“This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations grow again and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen magically along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at ant moment we may see the unicorn.” – Bernard DeVoto, “The Hour”.
How about the wine:
Hand-picked fruit from 65+ year old vines planted on Andre Bondar’s Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. This wine pays homage to the Bondar style with fragrance and a lightness of touch. He used a proportion of whole bunches, which helps to create that lightness, and adds dimensions of flavour and a silky mouth feel. Aged in mostly older French oak, Violet Hour should improve nicely over the next five years or so and will suit lighter meat dishes and pasta beautifully.
Bondar Wines, Adelaide Hills, Chardonnay, 2014£21.95
Sourced from a single-vineyard at 400m above sea level in the cool Echunga area, this wine was hand-picked and pressed straight to barrel, where it underwent a natural fermentation. Matured in four barrels (one new, three older French oak) for about nine months. Very similar to the 2014 with a slightly purer fruit profile. We recommend you open it and let it breathe, sit back and watch it settle into its own skin and sing. It’s a wine that will age beautifully over the next few years.
90 dozen bottles made.
Read Mike Bennie’s review from MBM Magazine (94 points):
“Bondar are out of the blocks and racing. Great release of a lean and fine expression of Chardonnay here. It smells of wet slate, oyster shell, faint nuttiness then the pure, ripe stone fruit expression chimes in. Slinky yet crisp fringed in texture, the wine remains crisp and tight through its needle thrust line. Get involved.”
Claymore ‘Nirvana’ Reserve Shiraz, 2012£27.95
This is the icon of legendary Claymore wines portfolio. You will never view a Shiraz in the same way.
This is a wine of elegance, finely structured and delicately balanced. Big juicy fruits are balanced by savoury, spicy elements in the mouth. Lusciously rich plums, blackberries and liquorice are wrapped in gently charry oak brought into line with crisp acidity. We only have a little left of this excellent 2010 vintage which we reserve for our private customers.
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Claymore Black Magic Woman Reserve£22.75
Dark red almost black in colour. Soft char and lifted oak spice from the extensive oak maturation interplayed with anise, menthol, and darkest blackberry fruit. It is no surprise that the oak follows through on the palate but without being in-your-face oaky. The defined juicy blackfruit and briar of the Cabernet provides balance. The tannins are remarkably integrated for a wine of significant weight and the acid structure is gentle, so this red really rounds out on the palate to fill the mouth and linger on and on and on…
Claymore Dark Side Of The Moon, 2014£16.95
Made with selected parcels of estate grown fruit from Claymore's Watervale and Penwortham vineyards, the 2014 Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz proves again the exceptional quality of their low yielding non-irrigated vines.
Maturation on oak barrels complements juicy dark berry fruit in this full flavoured wine – rich and generous with a soft, lingering finish. You are invited to explore the 'dark side' – now or after 6+ years in the cellar.
Claymore Whole Lotta Love Rosé 2013£13.35
Rose petals and apple blossom sit alongside morello cherry and strawberry fruits on the nose. The aromatics indicate a level of sweetness so the off-dry nature of the wine is a welcome counterpoint. There is nothing cloying or sugary about this wine.
Claymore, You’ll Never Walk Alone, 2012£14.95
All those vibrant fruits shine on the palate, which is surprisingly soft and round. Soaked plums and dark jammy flavours are balanced by savoury all-spice and bitter chocolate; the wine finishes with a warm tickle.
Claymore, ‘God is a DJ’ Riesling 2016£13.95
The great philosopher of our time, Pink, once told the world: “If God is a DJ, life is a dancefloor, love is the rhythm, you are the music.” Sure, Faithless sang it first, but Pink also told us to “get this party started” and this Claymore wine is about to do just that.
This is a single vineyard offering. The 2016 juice is a fragrant, zesty little number. Concentrated with purity and poise, it displays those classic Riesling characteristics of lemon and lime, as well as juicy nectarines, resulting in a delicate white that’ll get any party started.
Claymore, ‘Skinny Love’ Viognier, 2016£12.50
Do not just reserve this wine for summertime. The fact that it is so damn drinkable, refreshing, delicate; hell it is practically “syn free”.
An early harvest wine that shows pretty floral notes of Jasmin and white peach.
Minimal intervention with this wine ensures that the mouthfeel of this wine is soft, balanced, integrated and appealing. Stone fruit and honeydew melon on the finish are complemented by natural acid and retained natural sugars. An extremely pretty, delicate and approachable wine. Hints of apricot flesh on the finish indicate the variety used for this wine.
Claymore, ‘Voodoo Child’ Chardonnay 2015£14.50
Light, bright yellow
Distinct and complex – floral with a hint of kiwi fruit and pawpaw. Notes of oyster shell and a minerality, with a hint of vanilla from slight oak complexity.
This is a wine of great fruit purity – a true expression of Watervale Chardonnay. Delicate acid with a slight nectarine and goat cheese finish are complemented by a beautiful layering of flavour enhanced by slight oak intervention. Persistence of acid on the finish brings a complexity to the wine of slate, mid-palate creaminess and vanilla. Textural, balance, lush and poise are all apt descriptors.
This a Claymore’s exciting first release of Chardonnay – they acquired a stunning 45 acre established Watervale vineyard in June 2014 and from this have hand selected a 5 tonne parcel of dry-grown, 1960’s Chardonnay to become their first ever Chardonnay.
The grapes were hand harvested at optimal ripeness (with great acid/flavour balance), chilled the picking bins prior to crushing and then fermented the free run and pressings juice separately, at very cool temperature until dry. Some extended lees contact and oak maturation was utilized to add another dimension to an already complex wine.
Claymore, “Flame” Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2010£24.95
This is the first production of what is a very exclusive, limited release wine. The grapes were hand selected for the best parcel of Cabernet then indulged with maturation in French oak for 4 years. This is a generous amount of time and two years longer than Claymore’s Reserve Nirvana Shiraz.
The result is a deep, dark intense Cabernet with seamlessly integrated tannins and dense black fruits wound up in savoury oak spice.
Cellaring of this wine just adds to the reward.
Claymore, Bittersweet Symphony, 2012
Deep crimson red and purplish hues. Bright and lively aromatics of sweet berries, bramble and sour cherry dominate the nose. The oak is subtle and lightly applied, showing notes of spice and cigar box. All the bright fruits continue in the mouth alongside hints of cocoa and white pepper. The finish is fresh raspberry rounded out by silken tannin that builds gently.
Claymore, London Calling, Cabernet Malbec 2015£13.95
This is Claymore’s first release of their Cabernet Malbec blend under the London Calling label. Some may remember its predecessor, when it was 100% Merlot, well make way for this bolder beauty.
It hits the mark with plump dark fruits, violets, leafy notes and liquorice.
We just love this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. The Cabernet brings structure with big tannins and classic varietal aspects of blackcurrant, cassis, liquorice and herbal notes. While the Malbec provides juicy plump plum and a mid-palate richness that entwines and harnesses the structure given by Cabernet.
Claymore, Superstition Reserve Riesling, 2016£17.95
Light yellow with green hues.
The unrivalled elegance and pristine fruit profile are very indicative of the vintage. Rich and supple fresh lime and white peach are all prominent with secondary aromas of mineral and blossom.
Lemon butter, lime flesh and hints of citrus are all pulled together with natural (no added) acid. This creates a balanced and integrated palate weight. 100% Free run with no added fining gives the wine texture and substance without hindering on the pure and delicate flavours that dictated picking in the vineyard.
This wine can be cellared for 10-15 years.
Dowie Doole Cane Cut Viognier, 2010 (half bottle)£16.45
When presented with the beautiful bottle of Dowie Doole’s Cane Cut it is like looking at a bottle of melted gold.
“Cane Cut” refers to the method of pruning. The canes were severed (detached from the vine) to allow the grapes to hang on the vine and dehydrate for 8 days prior to picking. During this time the sugar content greatly increases. The aim is to minimise the bunches on the vine whilst maximising the bunches on the cane.
Very pale gold in colour.
Fresh, lifted nose redolent of ripe apricots, figs and quinces which leads to the elegant, sensuous palate.
While the palate is rich, it is never cloying, with noticeable streak of acidity running through to the clean, crisp finish. A delicious, lighter style “sticky.” Serve with game terrines, fruit salads, or soft creamy cheeses.
Dowie Doole Hunt Shiraz, 2014£9.95
Hunt is a label from the established winery Dowie Doole from a premium wine growing area, McLaren Vale.
Deep red in colour. Expect red berry and liquorice aromas with cedar and wood smoke. Spicy plum and mocha flavours are enhanced by French Oak maturation. The wine has excellent balance with a lingering finish.