I love what Aphelion Wine Co. is all about. Small parcels of locally sourced fruit, a husband-wife couple and a passion for making exceptional wine. As a team, they have been well awarded by the wine critics (if I was into ratings I would say JH gave this a 94 points). As an individual Rob Mack has taken out the Young Gun of Wine award. They are going gangbusters.
Really limited production, Rob has told (warned) us we cannot get any more stock until Feb 2019!
FROM THE WINEMAKER
"All nine parcels that make up this wine were fermented and aged separately before blending.The Grenache components come from 3 separate Blewitt Springs vineyards. Whole bunch, whole berry and 3 months extended macerations were used. The Mataro parcels are from 3 separate vineyards, with some whole bunch, some four-day pre-ferment cold soak and some 3 months extended maceration used. The two Shiraz components are from 2 separate but very close by vineyards – one higher in elevation and picked earlier, the other picked later and then kept on skins for one month. The wine was then matured for 9 months in neutral French hogsheads prior to bottling in December 2017. Unfined & unfiltered.
A deep crimson with a purple hue with the nose offering dark cherry, spice and savoury herb. The pallet is medium bodied with powdery and ripe tannins, this wine shows a complex structure with a very long flavour length. Plush red and blue fruits mingle with sage and aniseed."
Matches well to lighter red meat dishes such as venison or rare lamb, but is equally well suited to a vegetarian lasagne. Versatility is a key component of this wine.
JC SCORE 9/10
A-Grade McLaren Vale GMS. Super juicy with light tannins. The power of the Grenache is evident and comes together seamlessly with the Mataro and Shiraz.View full product details
SHIRAZ 93% VIOGNIER 7%
If you are a wine geek, you know of ‘co-fermentation’; a process in which two varieties (in this case, red Shiraz and white Viognier) are picked on the same day and blended at the crusher. This produces a result quite different to blending ‘finished’ red and white wines. The tannin and fragrance of the small amount of Viognier are amplified by the process, and the resultant wine is more fragrant and shows greater depth and even-ness of tannin structure than we’d otherwise see. (We swiped the idea from the French.)
Our most plush Shiraz-based wine, with extra perfume from co-fermentation of the Viognier with the Cellar Shiraz wines. Varietal Viognier whites are delicately fragrant: apricots, white owers, stone fruits and gingery notes. Its in uence in this case – as a blender with Shiraz – is greater on the palate than the nose, however. Here its tannins o er a note of gritty complexity, and fruitiness a gentle spicy depth, that make the blend genuinely fascinating.
BOUQUET & PALATE
Heady and lush, without losing varietal de nition. The Shiraz is supported and enriched by the Viognier. Roses, violets and thyme. The ne French oak li is a perfect frame for this pretty picture. Aromatics play through the palate. So as a rose petal and as pungent as the ower. It combines an evocative mix of leather, light char, and cherry that persists for a very long time.
COLOUR Deep purple-red.
Some people will love the youthful perfume; others appreciate the complexity gathered with age. We are lucky enough to see the wine age and will enjoy both facets... and expect to be able to do so over a decade or so.
A classic dish of the Rhone region (where this blend hails from) is Chevreau a l’Ail et Herbes Sauvages. Otherwise known as baby goat with garlic and wild herbs. The English version doesn’t sound as fancy, but we’re sure it’s just as delicious!
HARVEST DATE 20th February 2015
HARVEST METHOD Machine
BOTTLING DATE 21st September 2016
FROM THE WINEMAKER
Enjoy with a thick chargrilled eye fillet or roasted vegetable moussaka and watch the flavours sing.
JC SCORE 9/10
Special, special wine. Put this one in the wine fridge - bring it out for occasions that are befitting of something this unique. Will improve with age and make those big name, expensive reds in your collection little a less appealing.View full product details
McLaren Vale has some of the most variable, ancient and weathered soils on the planet. 19 different soil types have been identified in one of the most detailed soil studies carried out in any wine region. It is for this reason we called this wine ‘Ancient Earth’. It is a single-vineyard Shiraz from the beautiful sweep of vines immediately to the south of our Cellar Door. We call this our ‘Cellar Block’.
Our other vineyards have different soil types but we selected this part of our vineyard to carry the Ancient Earth mantle as it makes the quintessential McLaren Vale style of Shiraz. So what’s special about the earth? The earth is known locally as ‘Biscay soil’. It is also referred to as ‘self-mulching black cracking clay’ and these soils have unique properties. Slow to wet, they can tightly hold a large volumes of water. Unfortunately the soil is not so generous in giving the vines access to this moisture so in heatwave conditions the vines can stress quite quickly. The fruit therefore needs to be watched and managed very carefully as it ripens. On the other hand, correctly managed, the resulting wine can be quite magnificent. Shiraz thrives here and can produce fruit with great fragrance and power, but a structure which guarantees ageing potential.
Since the Cellar Block is our signature vineyard we have worked hard over several years now to ensure the consistency of this block. With careful management of the cover crop on the soil, adjustments to the irrigation regime, and correctly managed pruning to even out the distribution of shoots and fruit, we now have the vineyard working at its optimum for quality.
We want the ancient earth of the Cellar Block doing the talking so we do not intervene much in the winemaking process. Simple de- stemming leads to a gentle, whole berry, warm fermentation. Running to barrel follows within a few days of pressing. We give ‘Ancient Earth’ time in some of our best barrels.
Deep, deep, purple-red This wine has a track record of rewarding cellaring for at least 10 years.
Bouquet & Palate
In this young wine we see the powerful fragrance and flavour of the site, the terroir: liquorice, fruit-cake, blackberries, and dark chocolate. It is quintessentially varietal and regional. Its savoury tannic structure and lively acidity offer longevity. It is fair to call it robust – even slightly rustic - but showing great harmony or balance - just that it has a distinctive structure and mouth-feel, something that we see year in, year out.
Ancient Earth is made in extremely small quantities each year, only 3,240 bottles in 2012, and is consistently one of our super premium offerings.
South Australia. Vineyards. Barossa Valley Through and Through.
The Auld family name has been a solid and consistent name in South Australian since since their great, great grandfather planted vines over 150 years ago. Now, six generations later, Jock and Sam are carrying on the legacy.
They make wines true to their own experiences. As Barossa born and raised, Jock and Sam will attest to having red wine being in their blood. They have gone about their way in an unassuming and modest manner, letting the quality of the wines doing the talking. And talk they do...
The first release, of which we are lucky enough to get an allocation of, is a great throwback to that South Australian upbringing; Shiraz, Cabernet and blends of. The William Patrick Auld is about as Barossa as a Barossa Shiraz gets - a truly great example of a wine variety and style that has put that region on the map. The Wilberforce Cabernet Shiraz is the value pick of the bunch.
Mixed Pack - 12 Bottles ($1440 per pack)
3x Wilberforce Riesling
3x Wilberforce Cabernet Shiraz
3x Strawbridge Shiraz
3x Strawbridge Cabernet
Premium Pack - 6 Bottles ($1290)
2x Strawbridge Shiraz
2x Strawbridge Cabernet
2x William Patrick Auld Shiraz
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