Tonic Grenache 2019 - Clare Valley
Bottle size: 750ml
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.
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 much 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, we made sure we picked on the early side to retain freshness and acidity in the fruit.
Some serious winemaking kudos comes through in this beautiful Grenache. In 2019 it’s a blend of Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale and Clare Grenache. Sensible picking dates as always with Tonic ensures brightness without any hint of heat or jamminess. Pretty on the nose with swirling red flowers and red berries. Medium weight, elegant, dare I say pinotesque. Lovely, juicy, high toned red cherries and raspberry fruit with an interesting amaro Italianate bitter herb twist and impressive tannin. Bloody good Grenache.
Tonic Wines is a small batch project being undertaken by two friends with similarly nerdy wine habits. Glenn is an experienced winemaker with genuinely practical skills…actually quite a lot of them. Dan’s background is in wine drinking, talking and educating and after a recent stint as a wine-stained cellar hand he now knows about ‘righty-tighty, lefty loosy’ but that’s about it.
We both agree on many things. First and foremost wine should be a delicious drink. It should also be a bit of fun and enjoyed with good friends in a riotous or relaxed setting. We’re also convinced that both Sherry and American football are way cooler than most people give them credit for.
We don’t really believe in boring wine. It’s a waste of time for your senses and deprives you of a memorable experience. Don’t short change yourself; life is too short. Only drink wine that makes you want to have a second glass.
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