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2020 Tonic Shiraz – Barossa Valley

Regular price$37.00 Sale price

2020 Tonic Shiraz – Barossa Valley

Regular price$37.00 Sale price

The 25 words or less version: It’s a Shiraz that Glenn’s been dreaming of (literally). Fruit from the Great West Barossa, macerated for three weeks, pressed in stainless steel (groundbreaking). Fruity/savoury. Peat with red and blackberries. Is that vegemite we taste? Give it some air, already. Definitely not your Nanna’s Shiraz.


The GB version: I had a wine back in about 2017 and it’s been stuck in my mind, popping up into consciousness at random moments. A Dard & Ribo wine from the Rhone Valley (thanks Misseure David Brookes). I’ve wanted to make something like that wine for a while now – and guess what? I’ve done it.

It was a Shiraz, but not as you know it. Pure, unadulterated fermented Shiraz grapes in a bottle. In a post-Parker world, it made me think and wonder what if... well this is ‘what if’. From a vineyard on the western ridge of the Barossa Valley, picked with ripeness but brightness in mind, more red fruits than dark fruits on the agenda. Whole berries and a maceration time of around 21 days, then pressed to a revolutionary new tank material known as stainless steel. Left on full lees to do its thing until a simple racking prior to bottling.

This is our first attempt, so the winemaking will evolve – but this wine has surprised us. It’s as pure and fruit driven as you’d expect, but somehow there’s a savoury interest. Dark fruited but not heavy in any way, it’s still got a little Fred Astaire (light on its feet) feel. Frisky but serious. Air is this wine’s friend: introduce it to a decanter and it will start unfurling. Peat, red and blackberries, a weird but interesting vegemite kinda umaminess. Firmly structured with chunky, chewy tannin and focussed through the finish. It’s Shiraz, but Tonic Shiraz – fark vanilla!!

Tonic Reserve Promotion

Free Reserve Tonic wine (RRP $80) offer available until midnight ACDT 29 November 2022, and will be added to orders automatically. Reserve Shiraz, Grenache or Chardonnay will be allocated at random. One free bottle per customer. Customers must purchase six bottles or more in the same order to be eligible for offer. Not available in conjunction with any other promotion.




WITHIN AUS: 12 December
(Excludes WA & NT)

WA & NT: 7 December