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2017 Tonic Wines Mataro

Clare Valley, SA

Small batch moody Mataro from this enigmatic South Australian wine project.

$36.00

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About

About The Wine

This is Clare Valley Mataro at it's most delectable and delicious.

This comes from relatively young Mataro vines (18 years of age) in the Armagh area of the Clare Valley. All the fruit was hand-picked with about 30% whole bunches included.

It was foot-stomped, naturally fermented and then basket pressed into old French oak barrels. It was unfined and unfiltered. As Tonic put it themselves, "Did we nail the winemaking brief to make 'delicious' wine? We certainly think so... We love it."

With only 150 dozen produced, this is one of the country's most charming versions of Mataro and is remarkable value for a wine of such quality and interest. Giddy up!

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 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.

One of Tonic
One of Tonic's mysterious SA vineyard sources
Clare Valley, SA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"Winemaker Glenn Barry is many things but elegant is not one of them. While the Portet wine is all about grace and charm, Barry's uncouth and unkempt Mataro is a brilliant reflection of the winemaker and the variety. The wine is black and brooding, slightly hairy and dishevelled. It makes you think it's been grown in some of the blackest dirt on earth. It's chewy and a little gritty, like eating meat off a bone pulled straight from the fire. It's wild, slightly scary and utterly delicious." - Nick Ryan (The Australian Newspaper, June 2018)

Additional Info

From The Producer

the Tonic Mataro, which again came from Norm's Block in Armagh. It's a lovely patch of dirt, which now contains both older and younger vine rows (the younger vines go to the Rose). We hand picked the older vine material (late and slightly nerve-wracking but remember "there's not a problem that I can't fix...'Cause I can do it in the mix") and whisked it back to the winery where 30% was left as whole bunches and the rest de-stemmed. It was foot stomped after a day or two and then hand plunged early and regularly before a natural fermentation began. The juice eventually spent 45 days on skins before being basket pressed to old French oak barrels, where it sat on its yeast lees quietly and untouched until racking and bottling in February 2017. No fining, no filtration, just disco.

This is Tonic Mataro in spades: musky, moody, wildly spicy, dark berry fruited...hopefully delicious. Heady, meaty, earthy, aromatic, heaps going on. Give it plenty of air and watch the Amaro spice come out in force. Enjoy.

Blend : Mataro (100%)
ABV : 13.7%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

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