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2018 Aphelion The Affinity Grenache Mataro Shiraz

McLaren Vale, SA

A perfectly pitched McLaren Vale blend from "One of the most exciting emerging producers from Aus..."

$35.00

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About
A luscious, full-bodied wine with coherent texture and structure.

James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

About The Wine

The 2018 Young Gun of Wine, Rob Mack, is on a serious hot streak at the moment. His ethereal expressions of  Rhone varieties from McLaren Vale are making plenty of people sit up and take notice.

Here Rob walks the tightrope of fruit weight, freshness and balance, with Grenache, Mataro, and Shiraz all playing their part in this excellent modern example of a classic blend.

With not a hair out of place, this is a great example of Rob's finesse in the winery and on the blending bench.

It's an absolute steal for those seeking sleek, modern red wines from SA.

About Aphelion

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.

Winemaker Rob Mack
Winemaker Rob Mack
McLaren Vale, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

All ten parcels that make up this wine were fermented and aged separately before blending.
The Grenache components come from 3 separate Blewitt Springs vineyards. Whole bunch and whole berry ferments were used.
The Mataro parcels are from 3 separate vineyards, with some whole bunch, some pre-ferment cold soak and some 3-month extended maceration used.

The Shiraz components are from 2 separate but very close by vineyards – one higher in elevation and picked earlier, the other picked later. A portion of this lower elevation ferment was kept on skins for 4 months.

The wine was then matured for 9 months in neutral French hogsheads prior to bottling in December 2018.

Blend : Grenache, Mataro, Shiraz
ABV : 14.40%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml
Production : 300 dozen

Aphelion Grenache
Aphelion Grenache
McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"A beautiful and crisp savoury edge runs through this wine from aroma to palate. The extended ferment characters appear in the form of spicy meaty complexity whilst the youthful Grenache component keeps the feel fresh and vibrant. Savoury, spicy, complex." - Rob Mack, winemaker

91Points
The Wine Front

"Small batch grenache, mataro, shiraz from the M-Vale here. Always interested in the Aphelion suite of wines with winemaker Rob Mack very considered in his approach.Lovely perfume suggestive of ripe raspberry, some dried fruit elements but more in the cranberry zone and a good dose of pepper and clove. Quite potent out of the glass. Fuller flavoured, juicy and bright though, a sluice of ripe berries and tangy-sour-cherry fruitiness, nice nice, then a slight rasp to acidity and sense of thinness to finish, though that doesn’t undo the wine, just a change of gears. Really nice glossy texture with a vibe of ‘pinosity’, in a beefier sense. Good feel here with high drinkability." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

95Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"A 40/35/25% blend, 10 parcels fermented and matured separately. A luscious, full-bodied wine with coherent texture and structure, the control of alcohol a key to the wine's success." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

96Points
2019 McLaren Vale Wine Show

Trophy - Best Grenache Predominant Blend - Any Vintage - 2019 McLaren Vale Wine Show

Delivery

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