Tonic Grenache 2019
Tonic Wines is a small batch project that was started by two friends with similarly nerdy wine habits. Glenn is an experienced winemaker with genuinely practical skills…actually quite a lot of them. Dan’s background was in wine drinking, talking and educating and after a stint as a wine-stained cellar hand he found he knew ‘righty-tighty, lefty loosy’ but that was about it. Glenn took over full ownership and running of Tonic in 2019.
The name Tonic is a playful nod to the apothecaries, spice merchants, botanists and dark arts healers of yesteryear. And when we say yesteryear we mean waaay yester. It was in 1624 that King James I of England, recognizing the unique skill of apothecaries, granted them their own corporation thereby distinguishing them from merchants of bulk, or gross, goods like spices and herbs. This latter group became the Worshipful Company of Grocers (from ‘gros’).
Two fantastic old vine sources: 30% from the Churinga Vineyard in Watervale and 70% from the Humphries Vineyard in Sevenhill. It was a dry vintage so picking early for freshness 25% whole bunch. Basket pressed and into old French oak barrels. It was left on its lees, untouched, until racking in December and bottling in January 2019
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Grenache
Region - Clare Valley, South Australia
Vintage - 2019
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 13.4%