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2017 Tonic Wines Grenache

Clare Valley, SA

Scintillating Grenache made in a small batch. Personality plus.

$30.00

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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.

Tonic Wines

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.

The eerie Tonic Grenache vineyard
The eerie Tonic Grenache vineyard
Clare Valley, SA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

The aromatics this year really sing. Lifted red fruits, campari/orange peer, cinnamon sticks, touch of rose oil. It's lighter than the '16, built around a refreshing plump-line of acidity with the tart cherry and raspberry notes sweeping deftly through the mouth. Crunchy, feathery Grenache here, with a bit of attitude. - Different Drop Wine Team

94Points
The Wine Front

"Light. So light. Delicate. Bone china. A piece of craft, the flavours placed one by one into the glass. Or so it feels. Mineral, graphite, strawberry, red cherry, herbs and …. tonic. You could describe this in myriad ways but it’s the lightness, the dryness, the way presence takes precedence over weight, the way spices spark their way along the palate as if a line of Tom Thumbs have been set to fire. That word again. Exquisite. Completely outside the norm of what we expect of grenache in Australia." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

Just as in 2016 we added the Churinga vineyard into the mix, 2017 saw us find another cracking Grenache source - the Humphries Vineyard in Sevenhill. Think 90 year old dry grown bush vine Grenache in the Sevenhill area - perfect... 

2017 was an interesting year in Clare. There was heaps of winter rain and then the growing season was cool, with soggy episodes throughout. We started picking pretty late and, fortunately, low yields ensured healthy, ripe fruit was ready to come off before the weather really turned nasty.

After hand picking the fruit, we de-stemmed 65%, leaving the rest as whole bunches, then foot-stomped it and left it be. As in 2016 it spent 31 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 January 2018. It was bottled the following month with a dash of sulphur, but without fining or filtration.

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.

Blend : Grenache (100%)
ABV : 13.2%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml
Production : 300

Delivery Information

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NSW REGIONAL / BRISBANE & SUNSHINE COAST / MELBOURNE - 19th December
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Pricing & Discounts

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We Also Offer Volume Discounts. It works like this:

  ORDERS OVER $149 GET FREE SHIPPING

  ORDERS OVER $299 GET A $20 DISCOUNT

  ORDERS OVER $499 GET A $40 DISCOUNT

  ORDERS OVER $999 GET A $100 DISCOUNT

This will all be automatically applied to your cart during the checkout process. So for example, if you create a cart with a total of $310, your final price at checkout will be $290. The discount will generally be applied to the first item in the cart. For very large wholesale or function orders (weddings etc) we are always happy to negotiate on a case by case basis. Don't hesitate to contact us.