Tonic Grenache 2019
After the successful 2018 release we went back again to our two outstanding old vine Grenache sources: the Churinga Vineyard in Watervale and the Humphries Vineyard in Sevenhill. However with the drought conditions this couldn't provide us with all of the fruit we required. So we thought out of the box and contacted some friends in McLaren Vale and found some truly wonderful fruit from a 50 year old vineyard in the Blewitt Springs area of McLaren Vale
2019 was again a warm and dry vintage like 2018 and one in which those old Grenache bush vines thrived although with much smaller crop levels. It was much dry and pretty warm throughout, leading to smaller berries and thicker skins and, generally speaking, quite gutsy wines. Fortunately dry-grown bush vines fare really well in these intense, rain-free years - they've had a bit of practice over many decades! As in other warm years, like 2017 for example, we made sure we picked on the early side to retain freshness and acidity in the fruit.
After hand picking the fruit, we de-stemmed 75%, leaving the rest as whole bunches, then foot-stomped it and left it be. It spent 33 days on skins as it fermented naturally. Then through the basket press and into old French oak barrels. It was left on its lees, untouched, until racking in December 2019. It was bottled in May with a dash of sulphur, but without fining or filtration.
Flavour-wise it shares some similarities with the 2018: red berries, dried cherries and a hint of Campari spice. The palate is light in weight but not character. Lithe, fine, detailed tannin provides the foundation to the wine and it really carries the flavours along for the ride. Perfume, freshness, crunch; won't mind a light chill on a warm day.
449 dozen made <> 13.3% alc / vol
What others said about the 2018 vintage...
Review by Gary Walsh at http://www.winefront.com.au (Mar 2019)
Clare Valley Grenache, which although not so widely planted, is a grape that does pretty well in those parts. Glennn Barry a very talented winemaker who wastes a large percentage of his life doing wine shows. 415 dozen made, and likely not entered into any wine shows.
Raspberry, blood orange and peel, musk, five spice, maybe even beer nuts. It’s light and juicy, distinct amaro twang through dried cranberry and red cherry, plenty of spice, freshness and energy, and a lot of chutzpah. Cinches in on the long dry finish with orange, cinnamon and a twist of peel. It’s 94 points, though tempted to give it a bonus point for its unswerving Italianate charm. 94/100 Points Drink : 2019 - 2026+
12 bottles of 2019 Grenache ($32)
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