2021 Aphelion Trenerry Vineyard Grenache

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Ageworthy and delicate single vineyard Grenache from a winemaker on the rise in McLaren Vale.

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Grenache is fast becoming the star grape of McLaren Vale, with winemakers like Aphelion's Rob Mack crafting wines full of structure and finesse.

The grapes for this single vineyard wine come from a tiny, four-row plot planted on the Onkaparinga Hills sub-region. This is a lighter and more aromatic Grenache than others that you might find in McLaren Vale—a Grenache for lovers of Pinot!

Fermented with 100% whole bunches and aged in old, neutral French oak barrels.

The Trenerry Single Vineyard Grenache 2021 is sourced from the Dam block on the vineyard owned by the Trenerry family in the Onkaparinga Hills sub-region of McLaren Vale. Planted in 1970, the block consists of only four short rows of Grenache and presents a very unique style when compared to fruit grown on the other side of the Onkaparinga Gorge in the main McLaren Vale region. The lightest and most aromatic wine in our single vineyard range, red fruits mingle with herbal briar characters to create a wine of freshness and depth.

Region: McLaren Vale, SA
Blend: Grenache (100%)
ABV: 13.30%
Closure: 750ml
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95 Points - "From the Onkaparinga Hills, a parcel of dry-grown bush vines, fermented as whole clusters and aged in a single, larger-format cask. This parcel was planted in the early 1970s and it has a sappy feel (whole clusters) and bright, very pure raspberries and some leafy elements on offer, as well as blueberries. The palate has quite smooth and ripe tannins, holds a fresh edge (low pH) and delivers a similar combination of red and blue fruits as seen on the nose. A little, chewy stone pop at the finish. Nuanced and elegant. Good now, but even better in a year or two." - JamesSuckling.com

94 Points - "The lightest and most ethereal of the single-vineyard explorations. Onkaparinga Hills. Fermented wild as 100% whole bunches before pressing to large-format French oak, as is the wont here. Orange macerated with cinnamon. Pink grapefruit. Clove. Dill pickle. Orangina. Cranberry. The tannins, diaphanous and frisky, etching the gums while eking out the long finish. This is more nebbiolo of feel than pinot, grenache's stylistic brethren. I would argue that while fascinating, it could use some mid-palate stuffing and a smidge more physiological ripeness in its strive toward completion. Delicious all the same." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)


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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