Aphelion The Confluence Grenache 2018
South Australia, Australia
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 Confluence Grenache is hand-picked, 70% grown on 80-year-old bush vines in Blewitt Springs, the balance from a separate Blewitt Springs vineyard with 50-year-old vines. Both vineyards sit on sandy soil. Three fermentations occur, with 60% whole berry, 20% whole bunch and 20% undergoing extended maceration for 3 months. All ferments are wild and fully wild malolactic fermentation is allowed to occur. The wine is aged in neutral French oak puncheons for 9 months before blending and bottling unfined & unfiltered.
Vibrant purple colour with crimson notes and the nose is full of spicy cherries and dusty herbs. The palate is juicy with a fresh acidity. Complex red berry flavours mix with soft spice and savoury complexity. Light to medium bodied with soft tannins.