2020 Aphelion Welkin Project 5255 Malbec

Langhorne Creek, SA

Intense Malbec from Langhorne Creek, wild and grippy, and full of spicy character. 95 points Halliday Wine Companion.




About The Wine

Rob Mack at Aphelion goes off-piste with this release, sourcing Malbec from a vineyard in Langhorne Creek, as part of a collaborative project to highlight the uniqueness of the region -Charlotte Dalton and Turon White are the other winemakers involved, making their own separate wines.

Leafy, spicy, red-fruit aromatics flow into a palate of saline acidity, light grip and a whack of succulent fruit. Only a mid-weight wine but it sure crams a lot in!

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

From The Producer

The Welkin #project5255 Malbec By Aphelion 2020 is a very special project wine. And absolutely delicious too!

#project5255 is a world renowned project created by Langhorne Creek Grape & Wine to highlight the versatility and quality of the region.

We chose to work with Malbec and have crafted a perfumed, spiced, and nuanced modern take on Langhorne Creek Malbec.

Has to be sniffed to be believed! Blood plum, redcurrant, Alpine herbs, clove, star anise, crushed seashell and biscuit dough.

Blend : Malbec (100%)
Drink Until : 2028

Vineyards of Aphelion
Vineyards of Aphelion
McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Project 5255 here. Postcode for Langhorne Creek and surrounds. A few good takeaway joints there for a cheese-laced sausage out of a pie warmer.Scents of tomato leaf, salt bush, ripe plums, liquorice. Leafy and savoury red, green-gauge characters rippling through, saltiness to finish but a good, dry, acid-laden plum and tomato-y flavour profile. Does the variety justice. Fine tannins a feature too. Gluggabilty and interest." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Part of a creative project out of Langhorne Creek, for which 3 winemakers were offered access to the region’s fruit for the first time. From the Wenzel vineyard, 2 separate blocks co-fermented, then steered via a range of vinification techniques and maturation vessels. The deep purple colour is astounding, aromas of masses of violets, flint, and dark plum cake with baking spices. The palate then turns to pure dark plum and garden herb freshness. High intensity flavours, yet with an ease of flow and fine tannin grip. An exciting malbec expression." - Tony Love (Halliday Wine Companion)


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