2020 Welkin Chenin Blanc by Aphelion

Adelaide Hills, SA

A new addition to the Aphelion range - a clean, pure-fruited Chenin Blanc purpose built for warm weather drinking!



About The Wine

Rob Mack and Aphelion are always looking to push boundaries, and that's exactly what the new 'Welkin' range is all about.

First up we have an Adelaide Hills Chenin Blanc, picked early for acidity and freshness, with four months on lees for a bit of richness and complexity.

A lovely Summer drink and another example of why this variety is gaining such popularity amongst Australian wine trade and drinkers alike.

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

Variety: Chenin Blanc from the Tregarthen vineyard in the Kuitpo sub-region of the Adelaide Hills.

Summary: Purity and a crystalline structure are the hallmarks of this wine. The combination of a cool climate and early picking time has provided this wine with a piercing acid driven length.

Vineyard: The Tregarthen vineyard is in the Kuitpo sub-region of the southern Adelaide Hills. The small section of Chenin Blanc is the only block of the variety grown in the Hills and is on a gentle north facing slope. Cool evenings allow for a long ripening period and crunchy acidity is able to be retained in the fruit.

Winemaking: The fruit was pressed to stainless steel tank and fermented to dryness before spending four months on yeast lees to provide some richness and complexity. Bottled in July 2020.

Tasting Note: Pale straw in colour, aromas of almonds, crisp apple, and nashi pear jump from the glass along with ripe stone fruit. Clean, delicate, and pure on the palate with restrained fruit and floral characters. Flavour length is provided by crisp acidity and a light textural element thanks to the wine’s time spent resting on lees.

Goes With Food: A delicate dish is required so as to not overpower the wine – think fresh Marron with a light garlic and herb butter sauce.

Goes With Cheese: Gently flavoured soft cheese such as Brie will match the body of this wine.

Goes With Music: Florence + The Machine - Delilah

Goes With Life: A great choice to start off the night or as a light finish to the meal with a cheese board.

Serve At: 10-12 degrees Celsius.

When to Drink: Ready to drink now or up to five years from vintage.

Blend : Chenin Blanc (100%)
ABV : 13.2
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2022
Bottle Size : 750ml

Aphelion Grenache
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DDS review

Pale straw in colour, aromas of almonds, crisp apple, and nashi pear jump from the glass along with ripe stone fruit. Clean, delicate, and pure on the palate with restrained fruit and floral characters. Flavour length is provided by crisp acidity and a light textural element thanks to the wine’s time spent resting on lees. - Aphelion


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