2020 Aphelion Pir Chenin Blanc

Highly Rated
Rob Mack tackles Chenin Blanc! A really delicious textural white from McLaren Vale. 95 Points Halliday Wine Companion.

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Chenin Blanc is one of the few white varieties that can excel in McLaren Vale.

It's the kind of variety that loves a bit of winemaking thrown at it, and importantly, one that holds its acidity, even in the warm beachside climate of the Vale.

Rob Mack has done a wonderful job of highlighting the variety's best attributes. There's some time in barrel and on lees to elevate the weight and mouth feel. Yet it was picked early enough to still maintain freshness and cutting acidity.

It's a lovely textural white wine from a star performer in McLaren Vale. Absolutely worth a look.

Rob works his magic on the pristine fruit from exquisite 50 year old Blewitt Springs vines. Pir Chenin Blanc 2020 shows unctuous texture, complex layered flavours and supreme food friendliness thanks to Rob's restrained, clever winemaking.

This wine displays a wonderful balance of fresh acidity and textural interest from fermentation in both oak and tank. Ripe stone fruit characters flow seamlessly across the palate.

White peach, red apple and flint show on the aroma with cinnamon adding complexity. The palate is a textural delight with a great depth of flavour - time on ferment lees has provided an attractive creamy character to the wine. Use of French oak provides a touch of astringency on the finish. A rounded and complete wine, crisp acidity cleans the finish and provides great length.

95 Points - "From 50yo vines in the sands of Blewitt Springs. 50% was barrel fermented and left on lees for several months, conferring textural detail as much as imparting a chord of authoritative match-struck tension. Brilliant aromas of lemon drop crystals, cheese rind, quince, dried hay and lanolin. The acidity, pungent, juicy and electrifying, towing this very long like an elastic band pulling the saliva from the back of the mouth, unlike most Australian wines that roll across the front. Exceptional." - Ned Goodwin (Halliday Wine Companion)

93 Points - "Struck match, apple, papaya, a little spice. It's fleshy, quite savoury, with a chalky texture, bright almost sappy grapefruit acidity, Parmesan rind, and a juicy tropical/citrus finish of excellent length. Complex, with freshness and weight. Very nicely done." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Customer Reviews

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 is 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, more often than not there's something exciting and great value in the bottle.

Winemaker Rob Mack Aphelion

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