2018 Tonic Wines Nebbiolo

Adelaide Hills, SA


Micro-batch of delicious Nebbiolo. One of the last releases from this Adelaide Hills vineyard. Act quick, this will not last long!



About The Wine

The Tonic wines are always in hot demand. Given the quality, the scarcity and the individuality of the whole package, it's no wonder.

Their fourtn release of Nebbiolo is a stunner. The Bowe-Lees vineyard in the Adelaide Hills is one of the country's premiere sources for this much-loved variety, Glenn was lucky enough to get their hands on a tiny parcel once again in 2018. Sadly, from 2020, there will be no more fruit from this vineyard as it was burnt to the ground in the tragic bushfire events of early 2020.

This Nebbiolo spent 89 days on skins, before being aged in old oak and sent to bottle without fining or filtering.

It's Nebbiolo with no strings attached, just pure thirst-slaking exuberance oozing from every crevice.  With only 95 dozen in existence, the Tonic Nebbiolo will not last long.

About Tonic Wines

Tonic Wines has only been around for a short time but the wines have caused quite a stir.

These are small batch, handmade, minimalist South Australian wines with an aim to source high-quality parcels of fruit, picked early to capture freshness and vitality.

Tonic declares "We don’t really believe in boring wine", and with the remarkable Rosé, Chardonnay, Grenache, Mataro and Nebbiolo released thus far, there are no signs of boring here.

These wines are produced in painfully small amounts, sometimes as little as 50 dozen per wine. If you are curious about this winery with mystique, you'll have to act quickly to try their delicious wares.

The eerie Tonic Grenache vineyard
The eerie Tonic Grenache vineyard
Clare Valley, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

After a light and perfumed 2017 Nebbiolo we have made what we believe is our best Nebbiolo to date in 2018. A wonderful mix of perfume fruit depth and clarity and those Nebbiolo tannins - yeah tannins!!

The vineyard looked as good as I've ever seen it in 2018 thanks to the untiring efforts of Ann & Michael. Once again we were able to pick some fruit from two parts of the vineyard, with both 10 and 15 year old vines in the mix and 5 different Nebbiolo clones. We picked couple of ton only and de-stemmed and crushed all the fruit before leaving it to ferment wild and rest on its skins in the fermenter for 89 days. Then into old French oak barrels for a rest.

After about 18 total months in barrel we bottled it without fining or filtration. This year's Nebbiolo is blessed with haunting and soaring aromatics, spiked with spice, dried roses and cherry fruit. The palate is deep in red fruited flavour but you can see some darker and more complex things going on this year. Tannin is very much a feature with a firm but fine, detailed line drawing the palate through a savoury and pleasantly drying finish. It's another fascinating and satisfying chapter in the series "What on earth is the Nebbiolo going to do this year?" Stream it on Netflix now. Or better still, grab a bottle and drink with humans and conversation.

Blend : Nebbiolo (100%)
ABV : 12.90%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml
Production : 95 dozen

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Open red fruit, strawberry, lushness and a kiss of musk and turkish delight. Great approachability for a young Nebbiolo, the fruit feels bright and friendly. Sweet red fruits and a trimming of black licorice fill the mouth over a bed of super fine tannin. Pretty and generous is the theme. Delicious. - Different Drop Wine Team

The Wine Front

"Poached strawberries and rhubarb with a little brown sugar and spice, a little rose petal and mint with that. Medium-bodied, fine dusty tannin profile offers a nice fleshy grip, red cherry and strawberry, that pleasant mint freshness and coolness again, a subtle earthiness, almond, and blonde tobacco, spicy finish of good length and shape. Feels good. Farewell, old chum." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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