2018 Aphelion The Rapture GSM

McLaren Vale, SA

Rob Mack's top-end McLaren Vale blend, full of power and opulence.



Our Rapture is a Best of Vintage blend.

Rob Mack, winemaker

About The Wine

Rob Mack is fleshing out the Aphelion range at the moment, bringing in new wines to showcase special parcels of fruit that he thinks best represents his label.

This is just the second release of his top blend, 'The Rapture' - the wine that Rob thinks best represents the Aphelion Wines of a particular season.

In 2018, the blend is comprised of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre, the holy trinity of McLaren Vale red varieties.

This is a wine that will develop well with some time in a quiet, dark place. An exciting new addition to the Aphelion range.

Only 50 dozen made.

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

Rapture 2018 Mataro Grenache Shiraz represents the pinnacle of Aphelion’s winemaking. Our most premium wine made from the absolute best barrels of vintage. 

Variety: Our Rapture is a Best of Vintage blend. The varieties change each year depending on what we believe comprise our peak wine. In 2018, the wine is a Mataro Grenache Shiraz.

Summary: Intense black fruit and a medium to full body, this wine packs a massive amount of flavour into a refined frame.

Tasting Note: Dark roses, aniseed, earth and a wave of wood spice on opening evolve to display bright violet and black cherry. The wine dances across the palate and teases and pulls. Finishes with dusty and assertive tannins and flooding dark fruit. Impeccable balance and a luxurious feel in the mouth.

Goes With Food: Matches well to rich dishes such as a cassoulet.

Goes With Cheese: An aged cloth-bound cheddar or ripe Manchengo would match perfectly.

Goes With Music: Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun.

Goes With Life: When you’re looking to impress at a wine dinner you won’t go wrong pulling this out.

Serve At: 18 degrees Celsius.

When to Drink: Ready to drink now, but will continue evolving through to 2040.

Vineyard: Sourced from several vineyards spanning the length of McLaren Vale from Blewitt Springs in the north to Sellicks Hill in the south.

Winemaking: We held back several barrels that stood out as being exceptional when blending our 2018 wines. The result of these barrels when blended is what becomes our pinnacle wine. The final blend is 50% Mataro, 38% Grenache, 12% Shiraz. The Mataro is 25% whole bunch fermented and lends a spice and weight to the blend. The Grenache is from the Blewitt Springs sub-region and is 100% whole bunch fermented. The Shiraz portion spent 20 months in a brand-new Dominique Laurent French oak puncheon. The unification of these component creates a wine of intense concentration and balance.

Unfined & unfiltered.

Production:100 six-packs produced under natural cork.

Blend : Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre
ABV : 14.40%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"A blend of the best barrels across varieties, one a spanking new Dominique Laurent puncheon, this is the address' prestige cuvee, for lack of a better term. Class is embedded in the tannins: fine grained, sandy and taut; the quality oak nestled in effortlessly, galvanising notes of raspberry bonbon, lavender, scrub, bergamot and cranberry. The wines here are dialled back of late, with a suggestion of earlier picked components threaded across the range. 50% mataro, 38% grenache, 12% shiraz." - Ned Goodwin (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Wine Front

"This is big and bold red wine territory. It nails the brief of impact but the quibbles are breathy booziness and a slightly stale-musty flavour character mid palate. Around that, lip-smacking ripe, sweet-plummy fruit, slick of oily jammy-richness to texture, a late visit from chewy-earthy-espresso tannins. Perfume is heady and more ripe plum, boot polish and salt bush. Salty-herby flavours linger after sipping too. Lots going on in this bold and fat red. It does the hearty feel pretty righteously." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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