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2019 Tonic Wines Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills, SA

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Smoking cool climate Chardonnay from this cult-favourite producer.

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Rated 4.3 out of 5
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About The Wine

Few wineries enjoy the feverish scramble for their new releases like Tonic Wines. And the fever is well deserved.

They make painfully small batches of wine and with the excellent quality and value over the last few vintages, it's no surprise.

This Chardonnay is sourced from the Bowe-Lees vineyard in Woodside, Adelaide Hills. The 2019 vintage spent 24 hours on its skins before being basket pressed to barrel where it lay untouched, unstirred on lees for around 9 months. No malo.

Simple yet incredibly successful winemaking. With only a small allocation available, this may be your last chance to try this fascinating take on Chardonnay. Don't hesitate.

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
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From The Producer

Chardonnay's great run of vintages in the Adelaide Hills continues. Different to the cooler 2018, the 2019 version is a little more reserved in its youth. Small crops, endless Summer days and perfect ripening conditions have led to one of our favourite years for Tonic Chardonnay.

Of course we went back to our spiritual home in Hills and the superb Bowe-Lees vineyard in Woodside. Ann and Michael have turned out another superb crop again this year, and we were fortunate to be able to grow production and snag a bit more of their fruit in 2019. It's endlessly fascinating to come back to the same rows of vines (plus a few new ones) for the 6th year in a row and see what we can make of it.

Being a warmer year we made sure we picked a bit earlier to preserve lightness of fruit and freshness of acidity. The 25 year old vines are well set now and able to manage the heat spikes well.

We foot-stomped the fruit and the juice then spent 24 hours on its skins, adding interesting flavour and textural components before being pressed into mainly old French oak barrels for a natural fermentation. Once in there we left the juice on its lees, with regular topping but without any stirring, until racking and bottling in March 2020. It didn't go through malo-lactic fermentation and the final wine was neither fined nor filtered.

Well 2019 definitely sees this wine in the citrus realm again. As they say in Philly..."Trust the process" and that's exactly what we did by really doing nothing at all once the wine was in barrel. It has ended up a little more like earlier releases with a savoury grilled nut slant to the wine. There's some flinty funk and a touch of pickled ginger, set alongside that grapefruit and lemon. Texture is already there and weight will build with time in bottle. Damn...delicious, delicious, delicious.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12.20%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

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It's not the funky beast of last year, but what it lacks in funk it more than makes up for in sheer class. A streamlined Chardonnay here, with grilled citrus, white nuts, a touch of flint and gunsmoke. The acidity weaves a spiderweb of saline through the spine of the wine, there's tactile, light grippiness and long finish of white stonefruit and wood spice. Phwoa. Killer Chardonnay. - Different Drop Wine Team

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Delightful!

Honestly, i bought this wine for the unique bottle but was very pleasantly surprised by this wine. Easy drinking and crisp.

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Amazing value

A yearly buy from this producer. No brainer for value.

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An amazing Chardonnay, that consistently delivers. With a little time in the cellar it would be that much more rounded, but still drinking well now.

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FaQs
Do I have to order in dozens?

No, please mix it up! You can order wines in any quantity and variation you like. You can order 1 bottle or 50. We challenge you to make the ultimate mixed pack of wine!

Are there volume discounts?

No our pricing is aiming to the best in the market already. For very large orders (weddings etc) we are open to negotiating though. Just give us a call. How does the price match work?

Everyday Low & Consistent Pricing is something we strongly believe in. We want our customers to feel confident they are always getting the best price. If you see a price lower somewhere else let us know and we'll match it. We'll even retrospectively refund you if you have already purchased from us but you see a lower price somewhere later on. Our price match policy can be seen here.

I am trying to add more of a wine to my cart but it won’t let me?

This means we are running low on stock of that wine. So for example, if the website will only allow you to add 3 bottles and no more, then that is all we have of that particular wine. The good news is we may be able to order more for you. Just contact us on 1300 668 385 or hello@differentdrop.com and we'll organise the additional quantity for you.

Does Different Drop have a physical store?

No, not really. More of a warehouse/office. We do however offer a Click & Collect option from our warehouse in Ultimo, Sydney. Our warehouse address for Click & Collect is: F5A, 42 Wattle St, Ultimo, 2007

Can I special order a wine you do not sell?

If it’s doable, then we’ll make it happen. Just contact us directly via phone, chat or email and we’ll find out for you right away. Please note that in most cases special orders such as these will need to be in full case lots (6 or 12 bottles).

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