Mataro – so often blended away, this dark and brooding beauty has a bright and aromatic side too.
About The Wine
While Grenache may be the main thrust of the Aphelion project, cameos from other oft-neglected varieties often appear.
Here Rob Mack makes his case for single varietal Mataro. Through careful and judicious winemaking, Rob has uncovered a lovely example of Mataro. Smooth, meaty and spiced - the extended time on skins lending velvety texture and great mouthfeel to the finished wine.
It received 94 points from Gary Walsh and only 65 dozen were made. These sorts of wines don't hang around for long.
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. They have close relationships with local growers in the Vale who provide them with excellent Grenache fruit and Rob's deft touch in the winery takes care of the rest.
The range is slowly growing, as is their family. Their investigation into their pet variety deepening, as is their fan base. The small batches of wine that come out of the Aphelion stable should have a close eye kept on them, most often there's something exciting and great value in the bottle.