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.