Bondar Monastrell 2021 has just been awarded the highest score for Monastrell (Mataro or Mourvedre) in the latest Halliday Wine Companion.
Mataro, Mourvedre, Monastrell. It's the M in GSM and often found in Cotes du Rhone. It's all the same variety, but we have different names for it. Whatever the case, it's rare to see it as a stand alone variety.
Today we do have it as a stand-alone variety, but get this, today's example has claim to be Australia's best made over the last 12 months - it's Bondar Monastrell 2021 and it has just been awarded the highest score for Monastrell (Mataro or Mourvedre) in the latest Halliday Wine Companion.
Bondar from Mclaren Vale are on fire. Their 97 point Violet Hour Shiraz sold out in a day. The GSM, much the same. Today we have Monastrell and I can tell you this, you will not find a higher rated example of this variety in this year's Halliday Wine Companion. Here's James Halliday's review from his latest Wine Companion, where he rated it 96 points:
"Neither fined nor filtered. An exceptionally juicy monastrell (aka, mourvèdre), with a gentle build of texture and structure. It's a whole lot more than just another ’21 fruit bomb. What a virtuoso display. 100 dozen made." Rating: 96 Points. James Halliday. Halliday Wine Companion.
There were only 100 dozen of this wine produced. We have 20% of the total production available for sale. It might sound like a lot, but I'm sure our lovely newsletter folk will quickly snap up this bargain.
Where this wine comes from - McLaren Vale
Just south of Adelaide in South Australia, McLaren Vale is a red wine drinker’s haven, producing rich, velvety textured reds the state is known for. Looking over St Vincent Gulf, the maritime influence in McLaren Vale helps to keep summer temperatures down while the steady temperatures are perfect for producing balanced reds that are certainly easy on the palate. In a similar vein to the Barossa, McLaren Vale hangs its hat on Shiraz, but similarly, Grenache and Mourvèdre play a strong supporting role – perhaps outshining the star of the show on occasion! Certainly its GSM blends deserve recognition, producing seamless wines. Enjoying its Mediterranean climate, it comes as no surprise that the wines of McLaren Vale are perfect with hearty Italian dishes – ragout, pizza, or an antipasto platter – you can’t go wrong.