But back to Jeffrey's for some feedback...

"Whaaaat???? This is a genuine Burgundy member's only jacket, with a banded collar!"

It's been ages since we heard from Jeffrey's so we thought we'd send them some wine samples and see what they had to say (above). Also to some other wine luminaries (below).

2017 Tonic Grenache

"The packaging is exquisite. Gary Walsh famously labelled it “Clare meets Etna” or some such last year. Now for this year —

Light. So light. Delicate. Bone china. A piece of craft, the flavours placed one by one into the glass. Or so it feels. Mineral, graphite, strawberry, red cherry, herbs and …. tonic. You could describe this in myriad ways but it’s the lightness, the dryness, the way presence takes precedence over weight, the way spices spark their way along the palate as if a line of Tom Thumbs have been set to fire. That word again. Exquisite. Completely outside the norm of what we expect of grenache in Australia." 94/100 Points. Drink: 2018 – 2025. Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au 

 

2017 Tonic Chardonnay

"Chardonnay in its most pure form. It’s all steel and citrus, wood spice and white peach. It’s ripped with acidity and runs long through the finish. It’s in the leaner, more direct mould but the quality is marvellous.94/100 Points. Drink: 2019 – 2024+. Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au

 

2016 Tonic Nebbiolo

"This little baby comes from the Bowe Lees vineyard in Woodside and the production is tiny - 44 dozen tiny. So you are unlikely to see it floor-stacked next to the registers at your nearest big-box boozatorium. That said, it is worth popping your head into a friendly independent wine retailer or indeed, the winery website and tracking a bottle down because it's the shizzle.

Lots of cool winemaking geekery involved in getting this to bottle...extended time on skins (95 days) and the practice of 'ripasso', passing the 2016 juice over the freshly pressed skins of the 2017 vintage Nebbiolo for three weeks before pressing back to old French oak to add an extra dimension to the finished wine. It's light in colour and beautifully fragrant with sappy edged, pure cherry and cranberry fruit with hints of spice, purple floral tones, sweet leather and notes of Amaro herbs and Turkish Delight fluttering around further in the background.

In the mouth it is weighted just so; the characters from the nose neatly transposing the palate, which is pure, juicy and savoury at once. Balanced, delicious and easy drinking with a delightful sappy cherry and herbal vapour trail to finish. Lovely" David Brookes, The Adelaide Review, May 2018

 

Tight pants for waxing and squeezing

This week we picked up a few nice reviews from Gary over at Wine Front (http://www.winefront.com.au). As he correctly surmised we have run out of Chardonnay already...damn...it didn't last long. We have a couple of dozen Grenache left and about five dozen Mataro if you're keen.

His words obviously got us thinking deeply about the best way to squeeze corks into squat bottles and if we did indeed wax...who would wear it best? Thanks, as always, to Jimmy and Will for answering most of life's most impenetrable questions. You drinking my sake kemosabe? 

Tonic Mataro 2016

“When Dan and Glenn aren’t soaking corks to squeeze into squat bottles, they’re likely waxing. And I think everyone enjoys a smooth wine, don’t they?

Cloudy, but fine. Red fruits, stewed rhubarb, exotic spices, orange peel, and an array of aromatic fresh and dried herbs. Medium bodied, succulent and spicy, with a musky mouth-perfume, a punch of bitter herbs through plump fruit, brick dust tannin, and a savoury finish of ample proportions. Has a point of difference, but also just a lovely expression of Mataro.” 94/100 Points. Drink: 2017 – 2024

 

Tonic Chardonnay 2015

“50 dozen made, and probably already sold out. Maybe some available at retail.

It’s a wild struck match, oyster shell and funky chicken affair, grilled nuts, Japanese ginger and white peach, with ruby red grapefruit too. Light to medium bodied, silky and milky, with a firm crunch of acidity and flint, and a tangy citrus-laced finish of maximum chalky length. Charismatic. Great to drink too.” 95/100 Points. Drink: 2017 – 2023

 

Tonic Grenache 2015

“150 dozen, and mainly from the Churinga Vineyard in Watervale, with the original old vine source from NE Clare still in the mix (and given the 25 dozen from previous years, I’d say it’s about 16%). 50% whole bunch, 31 days on skins, and into old French oak.

Campari, orange peel, cinnamon sticks, white pepper, dried rose and strawberry. It’s light and frisky, with fresh and juicy acidity, cool minerality and ash feel, light but firm rasp of peppery tannin, perfumed and gently tannic on a long finish. Clare Valley meets Etna, or so it feels to me. This is a beautiful, deft and charismatic wine. Unusual, and so good!” 94/100 Points. Drink: 2018 – 2024+

All reviews by Gary Walsh at http://www.winefront.com.au (April/May 2017)

More from Jeffrey's

It's been a little while since we checked in at Jeffrey's.

In other news Gary at Wine Front (http://www.winefront.com.au) wrote a few words about our newly released Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo and Clare Valley Rose. Enjoy!

 

Tonic Nebbiolo 2015

“From the Bowe-Lees vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, spends a whopping 128 days on skins, no additions aside a dab of SO2. Unfined. Unfiltered. That’s the way. 75 dozen made. Picked on April Fool’s day. Release date is October 17th.

It’s an unusual Nebbiolo, yet it has the fingerprints of the grape variety all over it. Plenty of cherry here – pickled, red and glacé – almond and chestnut, some floral notes, a whiff of sweet leather and mint, and a little dusty spice. It’s light to medium bodied, kind of juicy and pretty, though not at all sweet, clean acidity with a mass of very fine, almost brick dust tannin as a feature of the wine, yet they don’t dominate. Finish is succulent and pretty with that beautiful subdued cherry flavour, and a farewell of almond paste, mint and toothsome tannin. Subtlety and nuance here. It’s a rare bird. 94/100 Points. Drink: 2017 – 2025+

 

Tonic Rose 2016

“Grenache (45%) and Mataro (55%), foot stomped and bastet pressed. Old oak for five months. 50 dozen.

Don’t serve it cold, serve it cool at most. Redcurrant, fresh strawberries, dusty wood and spice, subtle floral perfume. It’s light and dry, slightly edgy in acidity with an almost kombucha tang, light powdery texture, and a convincing finish with a dab or cream and pretty red fruits. Stylish wine. 92/100 Points. Drink: 2016 – 2019

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

October 12, 2016 by The Apothecary