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2019 Tonic Wines Mataro

Clare Valley, SA

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

$37.00$35.00

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About The Wine

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

This comes from relatively young Mataro vines (20 years of age) in the Armagh area of the Clare Valley plus a little from Schobers Rd Vineyard in Auburn to fill out the lower yielding season in 2019. All the fruit was hand-picked with 35% 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, "No fining, no filtration, just disco..."

This is one of the Clare Valley's most charming versions of Mataro and is excellent value for a wine of such quality and interest.

Just 195 dozen made. 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 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.

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

From The Producer

Mataro continues to blossom apace as the sleeper red variety of South Australia. Fortunately the drinking public seems to agree. Have to admit we're still waiting for the #lastnightmatarosavedmylife hashtag to go viral, but we persist. It will happen!

And to go with the hashtag the 2019 vintage has served up a Tonic classic. Like the Chardonnay from Bowe Lees, our Mataro has always come from Norm's Block in Armagh, Clare, but this year we were also able to access some fruit from the Schobers Rd Vineyard in Auburn - it didn't disappoint! In a tough year Mataro was a star, it just handles South Australian conditions so well and has produced another stellar example in 2019.

We hand picked both vineyards in perfect condition before de-stemming about 65%, leaving the rest as whole bunches. It was foot stomped and then hand plunged early and regularly before a natural fermentation began. The juice eventually spent 41 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 January 2019. No fining or filtration, as per usual.

There is more detail in the 2019 edition. Dark, glossy fruit floods the palate and hints of grilled meats and fresh and dried herbs provide aromatic highlights. It's medium bodied with spice, amaro and even a fresh-cut rose perfume this year. Showing its warm year character there's a plumpness of fruit on the palate before the long finish is drawn out with savoury, biscuity tannin.

Blend : Mataro (100%)
ABV : 13.60%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml
Production : 195 dozen

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Graphite, purple fruit, red berries, pepper and violets in the bouquet. It tastes of suede tannins dappled with grilled meat, blackberry and a twist of spiced orange peel. It's got swagger and some grunt but feels neatly tucked in. Shabby sheik in Mataro form. Great stuff. - Different Drop Wine Team

94Points
The Wine Front

"You want it savoury, you’ve got it savoury. Dried cherry, redcurrant jelly, rosehip, meat, dried herbs and spice. Medium-bodied, quite bloody and meaty, plenty of orange peel and dried herb lends a positive bitter twang, tannin has flesh and powdery grip, juicy orange and fresh strawberry acidity, and the finish runs long to carob, perfume and red fruits. No shortage of interest here. It’s a wonderful and expressive tilt at Mataro." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order over $149 or more, or just $10 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mix pack!

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Warehouse Pickup is also available for Sydney customers, 10am-5pm Monday to Friday. To select Warehouse Pickup as your shipping method enter our address "F5A, 42 Wattle St, Ultimo, 2007" as your shipping address during checkout.Your order will be packed and ready within 2 hours. Please complete your purchase online before visiting us as we are not licensed to sell over the counter.

Express Same Day Delivery is available for Sydney postcodes within 10km of the CBD. There is a $10 delivery surcharge and the order is needs to be placed before 12pm midday weekdays for same day delivery. Express courier deliveries cannot be left unattended and require a receiver signature.

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Returns are free for 100 days after purchase. You can view the conditions of our return policy here

For any other shipping related inquiries, please see our helpful FAQ, email us at hello@differentdrop.com or call us on 1300 668 385..

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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