2022 Vanguardist X Tonic GSM

McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley & Clare Valley, SA

A killer collab GSM from the brains behind both Vanguardist & Tonic. Exclusively available at Different Drop.



It’s a beautiful wine. Such composure and energy.

95pts, Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About the Wine

This GSM is a special collaboration between Michael J. Corbett (Vanguardist) and Glenn Barry (Tonic Wines). It's a wine that has been a decade in the making.

This is Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro sourced from each of their favourite sites across South Australia, from the Barossa & Clare Valleys as well as McLaren Vale. The Grenache comes from Vanguardist's famous Rende Grenache block in the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs. Barry sources the Shiraz and Mataro from that contribute to his cult Tonic single varietal wines.

It's a melding of minds, regions and varieties, that represents more than just a wine. "Its something tangible that we now have that celebrates a decade of friendship and a shit tonne of pretty hilarious moments in time," Glenn Barry told us.

This is supreme drinking and it's exclusively available at Different Drop. Allocations are minuscule so get in before it's gone!

About The Collaboration

The two much-respected winemakers in cahoots for this project met for the first time in 2013, whilst working at Knappstein in the Clare Valley.

Glenn Barry and Michael J. Corbett have started their own highly sought-after labels (Tonic Wines & Vanguardist respectively) over the years since. All the while, the two have used each other as professional sounding boards on the way to developing each of their own labels. They have been friends, colleagues and the bane of many a late-night publican as closing hours approached.

A joint wine project had always been an idea between them, kicked around whilst watching the rugby or playing darts. 

It wasn't until a long car ride back from Hanging Rock winery after seeing Nick Cave & Warren Ellis play live that they finally locked down the first official collab between their brands. And so, we have the first ever Vanguardist X Tonic GSM...

Winemakers Michael Corbett & Glenn Barry
Winemakers Michael Corbett & Glenn Barry
Vineyards, SA
Additional Info

From the Producer

A collab wine 10 years in the making. Glenn Barry (TONIC) and Michael J. Corbett (Vanguardist) now colloquially known as Barry Corbett have come up with a barrel select blend of Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvedre from McLaren Vale / Barossa Valley / Clare Valley.

Blend : Grenache (46%), Shiraz (36%), Mataro (18%)
Drink Until : 2031
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Michael Corbett
Winemaker Michael Corbett
Photo Credit: Daniel Purvis
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Very purple in colour, and taste. Cherry, raspberry, blueberry, a little baking spice, hazelnut, a sweet sort of clod earth character, and dried flowers. It’s medium-bodied, juicy and vibrant, fairly pops with its mix of red, black and blue berries, crushed rock tannin, a little nutty and savoury, with super cool acidity and a very long finish. Strawberries in the aftertaste. It’s a beautiful wine. Such composure and energy." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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