MORE COWBELL!

"Guess what...? I got a FEVER....and the only prescription is MORE COWBELL"

When legendary musician Bruce Dickinson tells you that you need more cowbell, you just do it.

It's much the same when you're making Rosé. When legendary wino Mike Bennie tells you to ring the bell, what are you gonna do?

Tonic Rosé 2017

"Clare Valley rose from the Tonic Wines lads, clean and clear as a Spring day. Released in time for the dawning of Summer, but with that in mind the wine could segue to Autumn, handily, such is its light savouriness and added textural interest. Ring the bell, it’s drinking time.

Deceptively light but imbued with fine, cranberry and minerally flavours. It’s chalky in texture, brisk in acidity, clear and crisp and clean. Scents are muted, but you get whiffs of pomegranate, almond and watermelon. Bone dry finish and mouthwatering to close. This is just so spot on." 92/100 Points, Mike Bennie, www.winefront.com.au, Nov '17

November 21, 2017 by The Apothecary

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