Chardonnay’s great run of vintages in the Adelaide Hills continues. Different to the cooler 2017, the 2018 Tonic Chardonnay brings bags of flavour after a warm, even year. Good sized crops, endless Summer days and perfect ripening conditions have given a savoury grilled nut slant to the wine. There’s some flinty funk and a touch of pickled ginger, set alongside that grapefruit and lemon. Texture is already there and weight will build with time in bottle. Delicious. Only 285 dozen made.
Made with fruit from the Bowe-Lees vineyard in Woodside. Foot-stomped fruit and the juice then spent 24 hours on its skins, adding interesting flavour and textural components. Basket pressed into mainly old French oak barrels for a natural fermentation. Juice left on its lees, with regular topping but without any stirring, until racking and bottling in January 2019. No malolactic fermentation and the final wine was neither fined nor filtered.