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

 

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

THE LATEST FROM JEFFREY'S

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)