It's boring to say it...but the 2017 Tonic Grenache feels...well...so Tonic-y. It's not a powerhouse Clare red vintage, which suits our light, ethereal style of Grenache quite well.
About The Wine
The same vineyard sources as 2016 produced the raw materials for this cracking 2017 vintage release of Tonic Grenache.
The fruit is picked precisely to maintain the beguiling floral aromatics that present in Clare Valley Grenache, in a longer, cooler vintage like 2017, this feature is even more pronounced.
This is man-handled as little as possible on its way to bottle. Only a gentle racking before bottling with a dash of sulphur. What you get is the very essence of Clare Grenache; brightly fruited, impossibly drinkable and more-ish to the last glass.
If you've never tried the tantalising wines styles from Tonic, or never had a lighter style of Grenache that has blown your socks off, there is no better way you could spend $30.
About The Producer
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 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.