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Best Selling Bottled Sunshine
" Delicious, acclaimed, low intervention wines. Hand crafted by our family to
exacting standards to capture the McLaren Vale sunshine. "
Variety: A 50/45/5 blend of McLaren Vale Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz.
Summary: A blend of 3 parcels of Blewitt Springs Grenache, 4 parcels of McLaren Vale Mataro and 1 parcel of McLaren Vale Shiraz results in a wine with oodles of complexity. Good roundness of fruit flavour on the mid palate leads to a savoury finish with powdery tannin.
Tasting Note: A beautiful and crisp savoury edge runs through this wine from aroma to palate. The extended ferment characters appear in the form of spicy meaty complexity whilst the youthful Grenache component keeps the feel fresh and vibrant. Savoury, spicy, complex.
Goes With Food: 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.
Goes With Cheese: An aged cloth bound cheddar or mid strength parmesan matches the subtle tannin profile of The Affinity.
Goes With Music: PJ Harvey – Down By The Water.
Goes With Life: Pleases the crowds and the aficionado – a safe bet for both sides of the fence.
Serve At: 18 degrees Celsius.
When to Drink: Ready to drink now, but will continue evolving through to 2035.
Winemaking: All eight 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 and whole berry ferments were used along with extended skin contact post ferment (four months). The Mataro parcels are from 3 separate vineyards with some whole bunch and some pre-ferment cold soak used. The Shiraz component is from a single vineyard on the southern edge of the McLaren Vale township. The Shiraz portion was aged in a brand new French Oak Demi Muid (600L) barrel. The wine was then matured for 9 months in neutral French puncheons and hogsheads prior to bottling in January 2020. Unfined, unfiltered, vegan, low sulphur.
Production: 413 dozen produced under screwcap.
Select between a 6 bottle pack or 12 bottle case to Buy the Aphelion Affinity 2019 Grenache Mataro Shiraz. Psst...Like the sound of our Members pricing ($32.50) plus perks like free shipping? Step right this way...
This is the best way for you to discover the breadth of flavour possible from Grenache grown in McLaren Vale.
Each six pack includes:
1 x bottle Welkin Grenache 2021 RRP $28
1 x bottle Callow Grenache Blanc 2021 RRP $38
1 x bottle Confluence Grenache 2021 RRP $38
2 x bottle Affinity (GMS) 2019 RRP $38
1 x bottle Rapture (Grenache) 2021 RRP $100 - Awarded 96 points by Ned Goodwin for James Halliday Wine Companion
RRP $280. Special pack price: $250. Save $30 and 11%!
(N.B: 12 bottle cases contain double these amounts).
Each of our Grenache wines has its’ own distinct personality.
Why not gather some friends and open all five different bottles at once?
About The Wines
Welkin Grenache 2021 is a juicy and vibrant wine with outragrous aromatics. Designed to be enjoyed immediately, with goat chevre, tapas or as an aperitif on its' own.
Callow Grenache Blanc 2021 Our love affair with Grenache now extends to it's white wine form. Intense citrus and spice aromatics. A textural edge provides a food friendly aspect. Cinnamon and nutmeg spice complement the nashi pear and stone fruit flavours.
Confluence 2020 Grenache is the coming together of premium Grenache from a number of vineyards in the sandy soil dress-circle of Blewitt Springs. It showcases the best of McLaren Vale's elegant, savoury Grenache style.
Affinity 2019 GMS goes one step further with a very Rob Mack take on the classic Rhone / Chateauneuf du Pape blend. Here select parcels and premium barrels of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz are brought together to make a truly rounded and balanced wine with juicy acid, powdery tannin and the best of juicy red berries from Grenache and earthy mid and back palate from Mataro and Shiraz.
Rapture 2020 Grenache is our pinnacle wine, showcasing the absolute best Grenache we can make. Dark roses and earth on opening then evolve to display bright violet and black cherry. Dusty and assertive tannins. Lauded by critics.
Select between a 6 bottle pack or 12 bottle case to Buy the Aphelion Grenache Pack.
Rare in Australia, bold and aromatic, Sagrantino stole our hearts when we discovered it in Umbria, the green heart of Italy.
Variety: Sagrantino from two sub-regions in McLaren Vale – White’s Valley in the south and Seaview in the north.
Summary: This wine displays a wonderful balance of intense purple and blue fruit, ripe tannin, juicy natural acidity and delivers great length on the palate.
Tasting Note: Strong herbal and mescal notes match with red fruits and roasted meats. This is a light to medium bodied wine with a slightly firmer tannin structure than its siblings. The palate is dense with flavour impact yet light on its feet and finishes well balanced. Smoky charcuterie and earth herbs mingle on the finish. Outrageously spice driven with clove, cinnamon and five spice all coming to the fore on the nose. A savoury Italianiate palate supports a tight structure and a dry palate to provide a very food friendly wine. Tannins are prominent but in balance.
Goes With Food: A rich mushroom ragout with buttered pasta would balance the assertive tannins of this wine.
Goes With Cheese: An aged clothbound English Cheddar would complement the intensity and complexity of this wine.
Goes With Music: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Almost Cut My Hair.
Goes With Life: Matches equally well as a fine dining partner or whilst watching a Bledisloe Test.
Serve At: 18 degrees Celsius. In its youth we recommend decanting to allow the wine to breathe and its subtleties to shine.
When to Drink: Ready to drink now, but will continue evolving through to 2030.
Vineyard: One tonne of fruit was picked from the White’s Valley vineyard (this vineyard is low yielding, and only has three rows of Sagrantino planted to it). An additional tonne of fruit was picked from a Seaview vineyard with red iron rich rocky soil. The vines on both vineyards are approaching 20 years of age.
Winemaking: The fruit from each vineyard was destemmed and kept as whole berries before being fermented. Free run and light pressings were kept separate and then aged for 20 months in neutral and third-use French oak to round out the wine and soften the tannins. Blended and bottled in December 2018. Unfined, unfiltered, vegan, low sulphur.
Production: 110 dozen produced under screwcap.
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• 94 points Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
• 92 Points Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com
Select between a 6 bottle pack or 12 bottle case to Buy Ardent Sagrantino 2017.
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Regular bottled sunshine deliveries to your door – what could be more convenient than that? We sweeten the deal by making the club totally flexible, offering exclusive benefits, and free gifts as well.
Your commitment to us as a member is so important to the sustainability of our dream to make delicious wines to be enjoyed with food and your life’s best moments, that we offer a host of benefits to you, our Bottled Sun Lovers.
- 3 bottle packs are at a 5% discount,
- 6 bottle packs at a 10% discount, and,
- 12 bottle packs at a 15% discount below RRP of our core range.
Why Join? How About These Benefits!
- Free Shipping: On your allocations and on any additional purchases throughout the year.
- Complete Flexibility: Choose your frequency and number of wines at the click of a button. And if your needs change, your club changes with you. Want more or less wines? No problem, it's easy to switch. Need a holiday from your deliveries? You've got it! With your members' area, you are in control.
- Very Special Wines: Exclusive access to pre-release and rare museum wines.
- Exclusive Discounts: Your packs will always be higher in value than what you pay. It starts with your pack discount (5, 10 or 15% off core range RRP). Everything additional you purchase from our online store comes at a 10% discount with free shipping. Plus exclusive discounts for our events and wine dinners.
Exclusive VIP Cellar Door Tastings: At our cellar door or in the vineyard, tastings are always free for you and your guests accompanying you. Plus we will give you the VIP treatment you deserve, like pre-release, museum and premium tastings.
- Surprise Gifts: Well if we told you - it wouldn't be a surprise would it?
- Low Minimum Term: Our minimum term of membership is just one year and 12 bottles across that year.
- No Exit Fees: Changed your mind? We can reduce your frequency and/or pack size. There are also no exit fees after your one year minimum term.
How Does It Work?
- Your Choice: Choose your frequency of deliveries and the Number of bottles per delivery. You can change your choices whenever you like and even take a subscription “holiday” and skip a delivery. Even tell us if there are any particular wines you would like in your pack when you get your renewal notices, otherwise our winemaker Rob’s expert selection will be hand selected for you.
- Charged On the 1st: Your first pack will be charged for on the first of the month after you sign up. Your first pack will then be hand picked, hand packed and dispatched shortly thereafter. Your renewals will then be processed on the first of the month according to the schedule you chose (monthly, quarterly or six monthly).
- Reminders: You’ll get a handy email reminder a week before your pack is due to be sent – a good time to update your contact or payment details, or to let us know if you would like certain wines in your pack.
- Value Forever: Your pack will always be worth more than what you pay. For starters, you get 5%, 10% or 15% off the core range rrp. Then you have a special free shipping & 10% discount coupon for additional purchases. Then we add value by putting money-can’t-buy exclusives, bonus gifts and our higher value wines in your pack.
- Convenience: You deserve to enjoy receiving delicious wines to your door, sharing them with friends over dinner, at your favourite BYO restaurant, or on cosy nights in.
For Terms & Conditions (there aren’t many, don’t worry!) please view our “Club” page.
Our Single Vineyard Grenache collection has been seven years in the making.
Aphelion began with Grenache.
Our focus is Grenache.
Our future is Grenache.
Our original "Grenache project" has evolved.
Presenting three exceptional McLaren Vale Single Vineyard wines.
Each highlights the diversity and beauty of Grenache, as well as some of the 19 different geological soil types in McLaren Vale.
Guided by the deft and gentle hands of Rob Mack they sing of their purity.
The Brini Single Vineyard Grenache 2021 is sourced from the upper tank block owned by the Brini family in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale.
This block has been a staple of Aphelion from our first vintage and forms the backbone of the Confluence Grenache.
The roundest and most intense wine in the range, dark plum fruits dominate with earth and forest floor characters to create a wine of depth and richness. Sandy based loam soils provide fruit that gives intensity and a brooding edge.
Select between a 6 bottle pack or 12 bottle case to Buy the Aphelion Brini Single Vineyard Grenache 2021. Psst...Like the sound of our exclusive pre-sale access, Members pricing ($63) plus perks like free shipping? Step right this way...
Our love affair with Grenache now extends to it's white wine form.
Presenting the Callow - meaning "unfledged".
Grenache Blanc is an exciting new variety to Australia which is in millions of glasses in the US.
Rob's take on Grenache Blanc has intense and vibrant aromatics mingling with citrus and spice.
A textural edge provides a food friendly aspect.
Cinnamon and nutmeg spice complement the nashi pear and stone fruit flavours.
Variety: Grenache Blanc.
Summary: Fruit from a single vineyard near Kangarilla in McLaren Vale is hand-picked and whole bunch pressed to create a wine of purity, freshness, and elegance. Vibrant acidity provides potential for the wine to cellar well over the medium term.
Tasting Note: Intense and vibrant fruit character aromatics mingle with citrus and spice. A textural edge provides a food friendly aspect, and cinnamon and nutmeg spice complement the nashi pear and stone fruit flavours.
Goes With Food: Bouillabaisse matches the body and spicy notes of this wine.
Goes With Cheese: Comté will not overwhelm the wine and the spice characters of the wine add complexity to the match.
Goes With Music: Muse - Stockholm Syndrome.
Goes With Life: Textural and aromatic, this wine opens up to a great first
glass of the evening or matched to a feature dish of the evening.
Serve At: 10-12 degrees Celsius.
When to Drink: Ready to drink now but will cellar well over the next 5 - 8 years.
Vineyard: Sourced from the Yangarra vineyard near Kangarilla in McLaren Vale.
Winemaking: The fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed to
ferment in stainless steel to retain freshness and varietal character. A slow
and cool ferment occurred and once complete 20% of the wine was
transferred to second use French oak to mature with the balance remaining
in tank. The batches were combined just prior to bottling in August 2021.
Production: 591 six-packs produced under screwcap.
Select between a 6 bottle pack or 12 bottle case to Buy Callow Grenache Blanc 2021.
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Here at Aphelion we are known for making amazing Grenache.
Little wonder then that our best sellers in our little home-based cellar door are Grenache-based.
Our two flagship Grenache wines. The two we are most famous for. Together at last, bundled together for the first time, the two wines we are really known for.
Confluence Grenache 2021 ; and ;
Affinity GMS 2019
Fill your glass with this classy duo.
They'll impress taking pride of place on your table.
Double down for a dozen and save some for future-you to discover new layers and flavours as they evolve.
Why not gather some friends and open one of each?
Each special Aphelion Cellar Door Best Sellers Bundle12 bottle case includes:
6 x bottles Confluence Grenache 2021
6 x bottles Affinity GMS 2019
Halve these amounts for a Six Pack.
Get to Know Confluence
Our first wine. The one that sparked our passion, and set our reputation for brilliant Grenache. Premium, ancient, twisted bush vine vineyards come together. Winemaking techniques of whole berry ferments, whole bunch ferments, careful pressing converge. Beautiful art and science. Elegant, savoury, delicious.
Get to Know Affinity
My perennial personal favourite wine. This wine won us the trophy for Best Mediterranean Blend and Best Small Producer in 2019. Grenache dominant, supported by earthy, dark, mouth filling Mataro (Mourvèdre) and a truly tiny tickle of Shiraz. Just to add a sprinkle of spice-magic but not enough to dominate delicate Grenache or medium bodied Mataro.
Select between a 6 bottle pack or 12 bottle case to Buy the Cellar Door Best Sellers Bundle.
The Aphelion Confluence 2021 Grenache is a key flagstone wine for us.
It's been with us from the very beginning.
We are Grenache specialists and our Confluence is a perfect example of complex, delicious wine that works as beautifully with food as it does being savoured on its' own.
Meet the Confluence
Variety: Grenache from Blewitt Springs sub region of McLaren Vale.
Summary: This complex, aromatic, food friendly, but fantastically drinkable wine evolves in your glass. Good structure and length. Carries our signature savoury finish.
Tasting Note: Vibrant red with purple hues in the glass. Raspberry, cinnamon spice, and red liquorice aromatics jump from the glass and an herbal edge gives great interest. On the palate Satsuma plum, wild strawberry and fine sandalwood dominate with fine tannins giving the wine exemplary length. The palate shows great intensity and concentration without being heavy or cloying. A wine that shows great poise and balance.
Goes With Food: Pan seared duck matches the spice and body of the wine well.
Goes With Cheese: The mushroom characters of a quality Camembert or washed rind cheese will complement the wine’s flavours and won’t dominate its delicate structure.
Goes With Music: Nick Cave – Jubilee Street
Goes With Life: Out for a fancy dinner or aperitivo on the back deck.
Select between a 6 bottle pack or 12 bottle case to Buy the Aphelion Confluence 2021 Grenache.
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