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RESERVE: 2020 Chardonnay

Regular price$80.00 Sale price

RESERVE: 2020 Chardonnay

Regular price$80.00 Sale price

2020 was a difficult vintage to make traditionally styled Tonic wines. They're bigger in size than what we're used to producing, but that's what happens when you entrust your craft to that wily Mother Nature. C’est la vino.

 But out of the 2020 vintage ashes of burnt vineyards and lack of rain, a silver lining needed to found - here it is. Looking closely at the wines over the cooler months, it became apparent that what I'd search for in Reserve wines we already had in the shed. Not so much sheer power or richness, but rather charm, finesse, detail.

 In an act of cunning (or perhaps defiance), I kept the best of the 2020 Shiraz, Chardonnay and Grenache aside for a little longer than the regular line-up, on lees and unsulphured, as is our mantra. The theory being, that these wines are actually a little more reticent, they take more unfurling and, to me, show greater texture and complexity of flavour as a result.

And what can we say of this little experiment?
Patience is a farking virtue, friends.


Tastes like:

  • Granny Smith apples
  • Citrus
  • Grapefruit


Just 25 dozen produced.

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.