Cork Soakers Unite!

No one makes wine to garner a good score or review, but it's really satisfying when a taster really gets why you're soaking those corks. Here's what Gary Walsh had to say on Wine Front (http://www.winefront.com.au) a couple of days ago.

Tonic Chardonnay 2014

“54 dozen made with no subtractions and no additions, aside a touch of sulphur. Cork sealed for who knows what reason, aside the two men involved being expert cork soakers. They love to soaka da cork.

It’s a wilder, more textural style of Chardonnay and none the worse for that. Apples dusted with pepper, pickled ginger, white peach and maybe a whiff of honey. Light to medium bodied, kind of tangy and edgy, light powdery texture runs the length of the palate, and then ruby red grapefruit and spice punctuates the finish. Don’t serve it cold, and keep an open mind. Fascinating wine: the longer I spent with it, the more I liked it.” 93/100 Points - Silver. Drink: 2015 – 2018+

Tonic Mataro 2014

“I like what they’re doing with these wines. Seems that picking a little earlier to retain freshness and acidity (and thus reliance on gross excessive tartaric acid additions) then giving it plenty of time on skins to build some weight and texture is working a treat. Old oak. No fining. No filtering. A shining light for South Australian reds, of a certain style. 57 dozen made.

A spicy lighter bodied style with red fruits, hazelnut and aromatic dried herbs. Refreshing and kind of umami flavoured at the same time, with strawberries, red cherry and spice lending it a vibrant appeal. Drag of tannin and a punch of exotic spice in the finish. Delightful. Hard to stop drinking. 93 points for quality plus a bonus point for emphatic approval of style and, well, just being unreal to drink.” 94/100 Points - Gold. Drink: 2015 – 2022

Tonic Grenache 2014

“Sold out at the winery, but some around in restaurants and retail. Only 23 dozen made from a patch of 85 year old vines in NE Clare Valley.

Hats off boys, this is a bloody beauty. Red fruit, spice and perfume – playful and delightful – light bodied and fresh faced with kitten’s tongue tannin and pitch perfect fresh strawberry acidity. Shapely, lithe and superb to drink. It feels energised and energising. More of this sort of style from South Australia, please!” 94/100 Points - Gold. Drink: 2015 – 2020

All reviews by Gary Walsh at http://www.winefront.com.au (May 2015)

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