About The Good Doctors Tonic
The brainchild of two good friends- the doctor and the winemaker, the Good Doctor’s Tonic is now in its’ 6th year of life.
The mission is still to make a structural and stylistically driven wine from the very best parcels of fruit and oak.
The 2011 Good Doctor’s Tonic maintains this stylistic ethos, with fruit weight and ripeness, integrated acidity and layered tannins to create a wine of intensity and length.
The classic Australian blend with a twist was maintained (Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, with Tannat), but now sourcing cabernet and shiraz from The Good Doctor’s spiritual vineyard and home, Paeroa Vineyard in the ancient Willunga foothills.
Continuing to lean back to the old school, the antithesis of drink now wine, The Good Doctor’s Tonic is something to admire in its’ youth, and truly indulge in with the fullness of time.
Winemaking – 2011 was a wetter than usual year resulting in increased disease pressure in the vineyard. Thankfully for its windy location and low fruit yield, the fruit from Paeroa Vineyard escaped unscathed. The wetter vintage delivered berries with good fruit intensity and medium bodied tannin structure. All fruit was fermented in 1 tonne open fermenters, with some parcels receiving extended skin contact, increasing colour, flavour and tannin. Gentle plunging and skin soaking encouraged good extraction. Wine was basket pressed and cellared in French oak hogsheads for 30 months.
Tannat (40%)- sourced from McLaren Vale (Sand Road) vineyard, tannat expresses lifted aromatics, dusty tannin ripeness and colour. 100% 2-3 year old French hogsheads.
Cabernet Sauvignon (30%)- Sourced from Paeroa Vineyard, cabernet from ironstone soils contributes tannin structure and classic aromatics to the blend. 25% new French oak, 75% 1-2 year old French hogsheads.
Shiraz (30%)- Paeroa Vineyard provided ripe, luscious fruit for the Good Doctor in 2011. Generous layers of lush fruit and spice add balance and complexity to the tonic.
Tasting Notes – The inky colour on the glass hint to the intensity to come. The wine shows lifted aromatics of dark fruit backed by smoky cedar and spicy oak. The palate offers restrained intensity and integration. Layered tannins carry complex fruit flavours over the entire palate. A luscious, complete mouth feel, with spiced plum and liquorice.
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Post: PO Box 772
McLaren Vale SA 5171