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Mr Walsh, over at Wine Front (http://www.winefront.com.au), has taken a look at our 2015 wines and published some reviews that we're dead happy with. The only sad thing is that the Cork Soakers didn't get a mention this year. So we dug into the SNL archives to find something else, which begs the question, which one plays Gary? Don't miss Will Ferrell at the end...

Tonic Chardonnay 2015

“There’s 50 dozen made from grapes grown on 21 year old vines in a vineyard at Woodside. 40 hours on skins, basket pressed, wild ferment, no malo, no stirring. Though I bet there was a bit of stirring involved somewhere around vintage. I can sense these things.

Nashi pear, yeast, hazelnuts, dusting of cinnamon and ginger, maybe white peach, something cool like fennel or fresh mint. Light to medium bodied, pure white fleshed fruit and almond milky flavours, beautiful gently chalky skinsy texture, spice, sweet lemon and nuts on a long clean finish. A tonic it is. Restraint. Complexity. Charisma. Supreme drinkability.” 95/100 Points. Drink: 2016 – 2020+

Tonic Mataro 2015

“Alongside beer, I probably drink as much gin and tonic as I do wine, when it comes to units of alcohol consumed. Didn’t add any gin to this wine, though it is a good addition to freshly crushed wine grape juice.

Spice, honey and herbs, red and black fruits, gentle earthiness and lift. Medium bodied, bramble fruits, plenty of spice, fleshy rounded palate, almost silky, with a gentle tang and chalkiness on the finish. Beautiful expression of Mataro. As good as last year’s model, though just a wee bit richer.” 94/100 Points. Drink: 2016 – 2024

Tonic Grenache 2015

Strikes me as being as much like a Barbaresco as Clare Valley Grenache, though it’s different in other ways. Raspberry, fresh strawberry, spice, cut fennel or maybe aniseed, pleasant herbal and floral perfume. Light both in colour and body, though tannin is firm, fine and gently raspy and minerally acidity guides it surely too. Finish is dry and distinctly spicy. Such an unusual, and frankly, fantastic expression of Grenache. Could possibly rate it even more highly.” 94/100 Points. Drink: 2016 – 2024

All reviews by Gary Walsh at http://www.winefront.com.au (March 2016)

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