2021 Aphelion Rapture Grenache

McLaren Vale, SA

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



Rated 5.0 stars
1 Review
A serious Grenache of some complexity, but most remarkably, great depth and structure.

Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

About The Wine

This is an elite example of McLaren Vale Grenache from Rob Mack and the Aphelion team, here. It's only released in years when the quality of fruit is just right, to craft the best of the best in their fleet of delicious Grenache offerings.

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

Only 40 dozen made... get in quick.

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

Rapture Grenache represents the pinnacle of Aphelion's Grenache-focussed winemaking. Our most premium wine made from the absolute best Grenache barrels of vintage.

Grenache from old vines in the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs district of McLaren Vale.

The Rapture is our pinnacle Grenache. Made only in years when we have the required quality of fruit, this wine is created to display the best of what Aphelion produces.

Blend : Grenache (100%)
ABV : 13.8%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

Fruit picking at Aphelion
Fruit picking at Aphelion
McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Real Review

"Complex, detailed spicy bouquet with toasty hints of the barrel, palate rich and full, softly rounded in shape with ample tannins adding structure and grip to the back-palate. A serious grenache of impressive depth and structure. " - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Sourced from 2 lauded sites in Blewittt Springs, one owned by the Brini and the other, by the Wait families (see the single-vineyard explorations). A confluence of whole bunches, destemmed fruit and a long, intuitive ferment before circa 10 months in large French oak (700L). Pithy and firm, yet exotic, free flowing and generous, stained with blood orange, mescal, white pepper, pink grapefruit and fecund strawberry. Very long. Well amidst the pantheon of regional greats." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)


"The top expression of grenache from Aphelion, this is a combination of Wait and Brini vineyards, both containing bush vines planted in the 1940s. This is a complex wine already, with a nose that’s so enticingly complex and detailed. It has bracken, sappy elements, berry pastry, spiced notes, raspberry, red plum and candied orange peel. The palate has a very plush, complete and seamless feel. This is so commanding, yet so deliciously appealing at once. Impressive poise, with long tannins that drive and frame the red and dark-berry fruit-soaked finish. Matured in a single, neutral demi-muid." -

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    Rated 5 stars
    3 years ago

    Aphelion has become my go-to wine for gifting (sharing is caring after all), and drinking.

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