2021 Tonic Wines Grenache

Delicate, savoury, enticing - the Tonic Grenache is gem of a wine, and one of our most eagerly-awaited released every year.
4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
13 Reviews

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93 points
"Love the texture and feel of it, house style if you will, though the flavour profile is a little different to prior vintages. Good."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Another glorious, light-footed Grenache release from Glenn Barry, crafted from fruit grown on a 90-year-old vineyard in the hallowed Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale.

The fruit is picked early precisely to maintain the beguiling floral aromatics that represent the modern Grenache stylings of the region. This is manhandled as little as possible on its way to bottle. A small amount of whole bunch in the ferment, only a gentle racking before bottling with a dash of sulphur. What you get is the very essence of McLaren Vale 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 modern style of Grenache that has blown your socks off, there is no better way you could spend under $40 on a bottle of wine.

"It's bright and crunchy throughout and very long in flavour. Good stuff."
- Glenn Barry (Tonic Wines)

The 25 words or less version: The first Tonic Grenache solely from McLaren Vale. That said, it's got all the hallmarks of a Tonic Grenache — Cherry-red, amaro-like sweetness, and fine but firm tannic flow-through. Ding-ding.

The GB version: Believe it or not, this is the first Tonic Grenache solely from McLaren Vale, with fruit from a 90-odd-year-old vineyard in Blewitt Springs, feet firmly in the sand. We made this wine using 20% whole bunch and 80% not. A no-brainer, really.

Tannin is certainly at the forefront of this wine, though kept completely in check with fragrant red fruits, cherries soaked in liqueur and an aromatic dried spice lift. There's an almost hazelnut savoury element to the wine and a fine but firm tannic flow-through. It's bright and crunchy throughout and very long in flavour. Good stuff.

93 points - "Cherry, blackberry, dried herb and mint, some cracked black pepper and spice. Medium-bodied, dry and savoury, brick dust tannin is very appealing, Spanish black olive and dried herb, a little orange zest too, and a firm finish of excellent length. Love the texture and feel of it, house style if you will, though the flavour profile is a little different to prior vintages. Good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 13 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 10 Total 4 star reviews: 3 Total 3 star reviews: 0 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
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13 reviews
  • JB
    Joseph B.
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    1 year ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Delicious grenache

    Delicious - great colour and freshness. Strawberry and cherry flavours. Even better on day two.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • JB
    Jeremy B.
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    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    1 year ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Top value Grenache from an exciting producer

    Laden with blue fruit and a touch of spice, there's enough structure hear to tip it into serious territory while still being fun to drink early. Recommended

    TasteRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • PH
    Peter H.
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    2 years ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Very nice grenache

    Read great things about the Tonic Grenache and didn't disappoint. Nice juicy berries and tanins, would only get better with age

    TasteRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • PV
    Paul V.
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    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    2 years ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Banging new wave Grenache

    Love this wine from the packaging, the balance of fruit, acid and tannin.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • TB
    Terry B.
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    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    3 years ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    More tonic please

    For a novice wine drinker I have had great pleasure in drinking their wines and especially the Grenache. Matched very well with my stewed pork cheeks for dinner.

    TasteRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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Tonic Wines

Tonic Wines is a South Australian-based one-man show by experienced winemaker, Glenn Barry.

Glenn has curated a fine collection of sustainably farmed vineyards from across the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and beyond that provide the basis for his small, handcrafted range.

The Tonic stable spans Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro, Malbec & Chardonnay. These wines are highly expressive and have developed quite a 'cult' following from those in the know. Very small batches made and plenty of demand means you'll find them only available for a limited time.

As Glenn says about his Tonics, "It'll do nothing for your health but plenty for your soul."

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