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Aphelion was established by Rob Mack and Louise Rhodes with a clear vision. They had one thing on their mind, to craft: "Genuine, Authentic, Quality McLaren Vale Grenache." A couple of vintages in and they are right on the money. This 2016 release is simply beautiful. Sourced from gnarly, 80-year-old bush vines rooted in the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs, this fresh and vital version of Grenache is set decidedly to a "Drink-Me-Now" tempo. It's McLaren Vale Grenache at its most irresistible. The only downside is there were only 75 cases made.
What it Tastes Like
"One of those distinct, powerful scents, that is, you’ll likely remember this wine just from sniffing it. Dark berries, plums, Chinese five spice, cola, new leather, earth. Wonderful stuff. Medium weight palate with sweet, rich, ripe berry fruitiness, cool acidity, faint tannins and a light sprinkling of green, alpine herb-like freshness. It’s a glorious drink, fine, fresh and vibrant, easy to slug down, but equally easy to sit on and admire. Bravo." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
92 points. "There are various iterations of this grenache, off an 80-year-old vineyard, but this is the true blue, straight up, full picture version (others go whole bunch, whole berry and other things, in small batches). It’s an impressive debut from this wine producer, and the vineyard is evidently excellent in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. One of those distinct, powerful scents, that is, you’ll likely remember this wine just from sniffing it. Dark berries, plums, Chinese five spice, cola, new leather, earth. Wonderful stuff. Medium weight palate with sweet, rich, ripe berry fruitiness, cool acidity, faint tannins and a light sprinkling of green, alpine herb-like freshness. It’s a glorious drink, fine, fresh and vibrant, easy to slug down, but equally easy to sit on and admire. Bravo." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Head east from the township of McLaren Vale, toward the Mount Lofty Ranges, and you come across the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. Our grower Marsh Brini owns the SW facing, SW-NE running vineyard off Chapel Hill Rd that produces the grapes that go into our Aphelion Wine Grenache. 80 year old Grenache bush vines are protected from birds with modern innovations, such as helium filled balloons that rise and fall to frighten birds away.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2024
The South Australian region of McLaren Vale is famous for its powerful red wines. Shiraz and Grenache have thrived for years in the Vale’s sandy soils. Nowadays, the region’s varietal diversity has majorly increased, the coastal location and warm climate proving perfect for a new wave of varieties from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The success of varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Fiano has transformed McLaren Vale into one of the country’s most vibrant wine scenes. It’s where tradition meets innovation and it is producing some of the Australia’s finest wines.
Grenache is the great sleeping giant of Australian red wine. We are the custodians of the oldest producing Grenache vines in the world, some ancient vineyards planted as far back as the 1850’s. Modern Australian Grenache is a different beast to the wines of yesteryear, they are more youthful and vibrant, showing bright red fruit characters, silky tannins and a delicious array of spices. With the viticultural resources we have at our disposal in this country, Australia can be one of the world’s leading producers of this variety, making wines that easily rival the best of Europe.
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