2019 Tonic Grenache Clare Valley

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2019 Tonic Grenache Clare Valley – If you’d like something tasty, unusual and imperfectly formed, you’ve come to the right place. Tonic Wines is a small batch Australian fine wine producer aiming to make the world just a little bit more delicious. They make tiny quantities of Mataro, Grenache and Rose from the Clare Valley and Chardonnay and Nebbiolo from the Adelaide Hills.

After the successful 2018 release they went back again to their two outstanding old vine Grenache sources: the Churinga Vineyard in Watervale and the Humphries Vineyard in Sevenhill. However with the drought conditions this couldn’t provide them with all of the fruit they required. So they thought out of the box and contacted some friends in McLaren Vale and found some truly wonderful fruit from a 50 year old vineyard in the Blewitt Springs.

2019 was again a warm and dry vintage like 2018 and one in which those old Grenache bush vines thrived although with much smaller crop levels. It was dry and pretty warm throughout, leading to smaller berries and thicker skins and, generally speaking, quite gutsy wines. Fortunately dry-grown bush vines fare really well in these intense, rain-free years – they’ve had a bit of practice over many decades! As in other warm years, like 2017 for example, they made sure they picked on the early side to retain freshness and acidity in the fruit.

After hand picking the fruit, we de-stemmed 75%, leaving the rest as whole bunches, then foot-stomped it and left it be. It spent 33 days on skins as it fermented naturally. Then through the basket press and into old French oak barrels. It was left on its lees, untouched, until racking in December 2019. It was bottled in May with a dash of sulphur, but without fining or filtration.

Flavour-wise it shares some similarities with the 2018: red berries, dried cherries and a hint of Campari spice. The palate is light in weight but not character. Lithe, fine, detailed tannin provides the foundation to the wine and it really carries the flavours along for the ride. Perfume, freshness, crunch; won’t mind a light chill on a warm day.

Single Price: $38.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $30.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $360.00

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