About The Wine
A wine very close to Rob Mack's heart, this is Clairette's Clairette - a wine named and made for his daughter.
Clairette is a lesser-known white variety from the Rhone Valley in France. Like so many of the varieties in that part of the world, it is finding a new home away from home in McLaren Vale.
It's a variety with glorious mouthfeel. Like Marsanne or Roussanne (two other Rhone white varieties), the aromatics here are subtle but what it lacks in punch on the nose, it more than makes up for with slippery, almond-like flavours and fruit weight.
If you're looking for new emerging varieties that are starting to rear their head in Australia, this little Clairette is a great option.
Only a ludicrously miniscule 10 dozen were made.
About Aphelion Wines
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.