Tannat

REVISITED - The Good Doctor's Tonic 2010, McLaren Vale/Adelaide Hills, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Tannat

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Originally reviewed September 2012, drunk July 2015

Three years on a chance to sample The Good Doctor's Tonic from McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills.

The Winery

The Good Doctor's Tonic comes courtesy of RedHeads Studios in Australia. RedHeads Studio was set up in McLaren Vale in 2002 by Tony Laithwaite of Laithwaite's.  Back in 2010 at the time The Good Doctor was made, the studio was comprised of young winemakers like Adam Hooper (La Curio), Andrew Pieri (Azzardo), growers like Nat McMurtrie (Pikkara) and the local GP Matt Brown who is responsible for the Good Doctor. They work for mainstream growers during their day jobs then come to RedHeads to experiment in their desire to make wines that are different to anything else on the market.

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The wine

I love the quirky text on the back of the bottle, "Understand the heart of the Good Doctor. By day, the curer of ills. By night, wine-head. The creator of hedonistic liquid delight. This bold elixir is not for the faint hearted. Enticed by the most intense parcels of fruit. It is smooth yet robust, with longevity to reward the brave. It is sure to enliven the senses and invigorate the soul. Enjoy your measure of the Good Doctor's tonic."

I originally wrote in 2012, "The Good Doctor, Dr. Brown, has delivered indeed in producing a special red wine. its an unusual blend that it includes Tannat, best known for being grown in South West France and Uruguay. Tannat's thick skin produces very tannic wines and in warm climates produces good fruit flavours while still retaining lots of natural acid, a good counterbalance to cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. As the description on the bottle points out, is it long lived with layer after layer of fruity flavours. Black berry on top but with something unusual underneath, almost savoury/bitter. "

Now in July 2015, the tannins have softened further and the wine had extra layers of complexity with the fruit balanced by spicy and savoury notes with the length reassuringly long and pleasant.

Aguma Premium Tannat 2010, San Juan, Argentina

Drunk December 2013

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Winery

Produced by Argentian winemaker Oscar Biondolillo his wines are available from nakedwines.co.uk and very good they are too. Oscar is based in San Juan, Argentina. 

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The wine

The Tannat grape is best known in wines from Uruguay and from the Madiran region in South West France. It is renowned as the healthiest of all grape varaties having the highest levels of procyanidins (resveratrol), which appears to be linked with superior cardiovascular health. See article "what the healthiest wines?" http://fermented-grape.squarespace.com/wine-and-health/2013/9/28/what-are-the-healthiest-wines.html

This is a very robust and tasty red wine. It reminds of neat Sloe Gin but without the same alcoholic hit and has a distinct red cherry, plummy aroma and taste. It is silky smooth and has a long and delicious finish. Relatively young, this will be amazing in a few years when the tannins begin to express themselves. 

If you like your wines to be full bodied but are bored of the same old shiraz, malbec and cabernet sauvignon's give this excellent Tannat a go from Argentina. Nice job Oscar!

The Good Doctor's Tonic 2010, McLaren Vale/Adelaide Hills, Australia Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Tannat

Drunk September 2012

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The Winery

The Good Doctor's Tonic comes courtesy of RedHeads Studios in Australia.

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RedHeads Studio was set up in McLaren Vale in 2002 by Tony Laithwaite of Laithwaite's fame.  The studio is comprised of young winemakers like Adam Hooper (La Curio), Andrew Pieri (Azzardo), growers like Nat McMurtrie (Pikkara) and the local GP Matt Brown who is responsible for the Good Doctor. These wine obsessed folks, work for mainstream growers during their day jobs then come to RedHeads to experiment in their desire to make wines that are different to anything else on the market.

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The wine

I love the quirky text on the back of the bottle, "Understand the heart of the Good Doctor. By day, the curer of ills. By night, wine-head. The creator of hedonistic liquid delight. This bold elixir is not for the faint hearted. Enticed by the most intense parcels of fruit. It is smooth yet robust, with longevity to reward the brave. It is sure to enliven the senses and invigorate the soul. Enjoy your measure of the Good Doctor's tonic."

The Good Doctor, Dr Brown, has delivered indeed in producing a special red wine. its an unusual blend that it includes Tannat, best known for being grown in South West France and Uruguay. Tannat produces very tannic wines and in warm climates produces good fruit flavors while still retaining lots of natural acid, a good counterbalance to cabernet sauvignon and shiraz.

As the description on the bottle points out, is it long lived with layer after layer of fruity flavours. Black berry on top but with something unusual underneath, almost savoury/bitter. Another great red from Australia and RedHeads which unfortunately now is difficult to get hold of.