2020 Aphelion ‘Confluence’ Grenache
Region: McLaren Vale
Winemaker : Rob Mack
Established Date: 2014
All hand-picked fruit. 60% grown on 80 years old bush vines in Blewitt Springs, the balance from a separate Blewitt Springs vineyard with 50 years old vines. Both vineyards on sandy soil. A blend of whole berry (70%) and whole bunch (30%) ferments. Majority free run juice with a small percentage of light pressings. A portion of the wine was left on skins for four months to add spice and depth. Aged in neutral French oak for ten months before blending and bottling. Unfined, unfiltered.
Sommelier’s Recommendation Aphelion translated from the Greek means ‘from the sun’ and this concept is the most important for this winemaker’s philosophy, metaphorically the idea is clear: ‘to bottle sunshine’. Using minimal intervention winemaking techniques allowing the sun’s life sustaining force to shine out of this wine. This Grenache is stunning! Crunchy strawberry and cranberries on the nose, A long length of flavor is provided by a beautiful line of acidity and just the right amount of tannins. Perfect wine to have for a BBQ with friends or a cheese and charcuterie board.