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)

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