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2018 Aphelion The Confluence Grenache

McLaren Vale, SA

The beautiful composite blend from this McLaren Vale Grenache specialist.

$32.00

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Delicious red fruits of every persuasion.

James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

About The Wine

Crafting McLaren Vale Grenache is the main game for Rob Mack and Louise Rhodes at Aphelion. It's a game they are very skilled at. Every egg a bird, as they say. 

Sourced predominantly 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 the composite blend of the three Aphelion Grenaches, combining both the 100% whole berry and 100% whole bunch wines into one seamless wine.

There's tension and beauty in this release, which is to say, it's McLaren Vale Grenache at its most irresistible. The 2018 gave Rob fruit with high toned aromatics and silky texture. It's right on the money as a modern example of McLaren Vale Grenache.

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
Aphelion HQ, McLaren Vale, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Vineyard:

All hand-picked fruit. 60% grown on 80 year old bush vines in Blewitt Springs, the balance from a separate Blewitt Springs vineyard with 50 year old vines. Both vineyards on sandy soil.

Winemaking:

A blend of whole berry (75%) and whole bunch (25%) ferments. Majority free run juice with a small percentage of light pressings. Aged in neutral French oak puncheons and foudre for nine months before blending and bottling.

Blend : Grenache (100%)
ABV : 14.30%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml
Production : 550 dozen

Aphelion Grenache
Aphelion Grenache
McLaren Vale, SA
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DDS review

"Crunchy strawberry and Campari aromatics lead to a juicy palate full of ripe cranberries and a herbal edge thanks to the whole bunch component of this wine. A long length of flavour is provided by a beautiful line of acidity and a pure crystalline core of red berry fruit. A rasp of tannin on the finish ensures versatility." - Rob Mack, winemaker

93Points
The Wine Front

"Bright and full perfume of rose hip tea and faint Turkish Delight characters, maraschino cherry and strawberry. The palate teeters into sweetness but has a lovely, supple flow, good length and a fine, gently puckering, fresh-feeling finish. A sense of elegance here, with a wine ready to roll but also just that little bit enticing for future drinking too. Texture is beautiful. Delicious." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

95Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"From two vineyards in Blewitt Springs, one 80y, the other 50yo, 75% whole berry/25% whole bunch, free-run juice, matured in used French puncheons and a foudre for 9 months. Delicious red fruits of every persuasion. All of the Aphelion wines are unfined and unfiltered." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

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