Aphelion The Affinity GSM 2017
South Australia, Australia
||Grenache 40%, Mataro 35%, Shiraz 25%|
Winemaker Rob Mack was named Australia’s ‘Young Gun of Wine’ in 2018, after a only a few years of producing amazing wines alongside his wife Louise. They decided to name their winery Aphelion, which is derived from the Ancient Greek meaning “from the sun to you” - pretty apt for the sun-soaked conditions in South Australia’s McLaren Vale. They source fruit from quality growers in Blewitt Springs and White Valley, including some of the region’s oldest Grenache vines. Blink and you’ll miss them though, as these beautiful wines are made in extremely small batches.
The Affinity is the classic 'GSM blend' of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro (aka Mourvèdre). This blend is made from fruit sourced from four parcels of Blewitt Springs Grenache, three parcels of McLaren Vale Mataro and two parcels of McLaren Vale Shiraz. All were wild fermented and aged separately before blending. Fully wild malolactic fermentation was allowed to occur for each of these. The wine was then matured for 9 months in neutral French hogsheads prior to bottling in December 2017, unfined & unfiltered.
Dark cherry, spice and savoury herb characters come together to form a very complex aroma. Medium bodied, with powdery and ripe tannins, showing a complex structure with long-lasting flavours of red and blue fruits mingled with sage and aniseed.