The Tonic Wines Story
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 Tonic philosophy encompasses a few simple things. First and foremost wine should be a delicious drink. It should also be a bit of fun and enjoyed with good friends in a riotous or relaxed setting. Glenn doesn't really believe in boring wine. It’s a waste of time for your senses and deprives you of a memorable experience.
Why's this wine for you?

You’re going to need to be quick here. When Tonic Wines drop, artisanal and small-batch winemaking fans go wild. Sommeliers the country over rejoice and lovers of the range will tell you that once you’ve had your first sip of ‘Tonic’ you’ll be hooked for life.

Those who remember when Tonic wines first started hitting the wine lists a number of years ago will recall the sense of uniqueness they felt on first tasting them. Here were wines, fine wines no less, that were delicious, chock full of personality and just fun to drink. And what’s with those funny shaped bottles?

Started by two wine-making friends, Glenn Barry and Dan Coward in Clare Valley with the aim of really just making some interesting bottles to drink, Tonic Wines have grown to be one of the most respected ‘cult’ producers in the country - fans eagerly await the new releases to see what Barry (now with full ownership) will come up with next.

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The Brief
Alcohol
13.4%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2020
Cellar to
2026
How's it taste?
Brown spices, hazelnuts, red and black fruits, a little mint and orange peel. Medium-bodied, distinct amaro flavour here, poached strawberry and spice, firm nut skin tannin, juicy orange, and a blood plum and chalky tannin finish of excellent length.
How was it made?
The last Tonic Grenache that will include fruit from Clare – sad but probably true! We took fruit from the Humphris Vineyard in Sevenhill for the last time and then fruit from 2 vineyards in McLaren Vale – one in Blewitt Springs, the other in McLaren Flat, both over 60 years old. A smaller amount of whole bunch in 2020. Without doing the math, I’d say around 15%. Everything else in the process remains the same as previous – 23-ish days on skins, pressed to older oak and left on full lees unsulphured until bottling.Unlike the Chardonnay, this one is probably a more powerful wine, less flighty, likely due to the shift to McLaren Vale (but really, who can say). Red and slightly darker berried fruits, still crunchy, still highly aromatic – amaro like. Mmm. The palate is showing some darker fruit profiles, but the texture and the weight is classic Tonic in style. Flavour without ‘thickness’, high interest level, tannins lead and fruit follows. A brightness of acid that keeps the finish fresh but allows the fruit to tell the story. Or something like that…
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94 Points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
The first bottle I tried seemed a little flat, so I asked for another. DIAM cork is not without its problems, not least that they are hard to get back into the bottle.Brown spices, hazelnuts, red and black fruits, a little mint and orange peel. Medium-bodied, distinct amaro flavour here, poached strawberry and spice, firm nut skin tannin, juicy orange, and a blood plum and chalky tannin finish of excellent length. Bold feel to tannin here, which is something of a highlight. A bit out of the mainstream, in a good way.
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