Tonic 2018 Rose (750ml)Tonic Wines
Region: Clare Valley, SA
The varieties haven't changed but once again the blend proportions have: 40% Grenache from the beautiful Churinga vineyard in Watervale has been blended with 60% Mataro from Norm's Block in Armagh, Clare. The grapes were crushed and immediately basket pressed, giving the juice sufficient time in contact with the red grape skins for it to pick up that that burnished salmon colour.
The juice went into old French barriques, where it fermented wild and in its own time. Benign neglect then took over until it was racked off lees and bottled with a small amount SO2, but without fining or filtration, in January 2019. This edition spent a few months longer in barrel than previous years. It is bone dry yet supple and just so damn drinkable. A little more fruit driven but with a trademark savoury element and textural interest. Flavours of pomegranate and dried cherry and refreshing acidity, with heaps of texture and flavour.