2021 Aphelion Wait Vineyard Grenache

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Broody, intense Grenache from a master of single-vineyard expressions of McLaren Vale terroir.

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Aphelion winemaker Rob Mack sources his fruit from growers he knows and respects, with the fruit for this wine coming from the sandy soils of the Wait Vineyard in McLaren Vale's Blewitt Springs sub-region. Originally planted in the 1940s, the vineyard is dry-grown and produces small berries with intense structure.

With only a single 600L barrel produced, this is a great example of truly age-worthy, collectible Grenache from a winemaker who loves the grape. There's a little bit of ageing in neutral French oak, following a long and slow fermentation with 100% whole bunches.

Deeply coloured with an intense purple hue. Savoury aromatics of turned earth, root vegetable, and dark cherry are subtle but have great depth. The palate is firm with a very savoury and slightly saline edge. Tannin is the most prominent of our three single vineyard wines, it comes in waves and carries the savoury edge of the wine across the palate with great length. The longest palate of the three, this wine will stand up to a rich food pairing and will benefit with time in the cellar.

97 Points - "From a parcel of dry-grown bush vines planted in the 1940s, fermented as whole clusters and aged in a single, larger-format cask. Very fragrant aromatics with sweet spices and almost flinty, dry-stony elements to the nose, together with wild raspberries, ripe red plums and sappy elements. Dried-rose and orange-zest notes, too. The palate has a very succulent feel with great length and tautness and a firmer, more intensely structured feel. More orange peel and blood orange here with red berries, too. Crunchy, almost peppery edge at the finish. Serious and delicious grenache here. Good now, but even better in a year or two." - JamesSuckling.com

95 Points - "Medium-deep and bright red-purple hue; the bouquet is sweetly spiced raspberry to dark cherry with hints of cola and Campari, utterly charming, while the palate is medium bodied at best and succulently smooth and supple in texture. Fruit sweet and delicious. An outstanding grenache of the modern style." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)


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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