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Affinity 2019 Grenache Mataro Shiraz is a key flagstone wine for us. We are known for our Grenache based wines and our Affinity is a perfect example of complex, delicious wine that is much greater than the sum of it's premium parts.

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.

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Aphelion Grenache Pack
Sale -11%
From $41.66 /Per Bottle $280.00

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.

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From $38.00 /Per Bottle

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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Accolades:
• 94 points Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
• 92 Points Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

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From $99.00

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.

A very special and exclusive set of rewards are in store for the most valued appreciators of our Aphelion wines - our Bottled Sunshine Wine Club Members.

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.
Those benefits start with a handsome discount on your member allocations- fixed and frozen to the time you signed up. No price rises for you!
  • 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. 

From $70.00 /Per Bottle

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.

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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.

 

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From $38.00 /Per Bottle

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.

Vegan friendly.

Production: 591 six-packs produced under screwcap.


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From $469.00

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.


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From $38.00 /Per Bottle

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.


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From $38.00 /Per Bottle

Emergent Mataro 2019 has a special place in Rob’s heart.

Savoury herbs, dark fruit, aromatic and easy to sip and savour by itself while being bold enough to enhance your meal.

Variety:

Mataro from three vineyards running the length of McLaren Vale.

Summary:

A beautiful mix of savoury characters and bright red fruits. Complexity builds in the glass.

Tasting Note:

The aromatics of this wine jump out the glass with sage, cherry spice and fresh almonds. Powdery tannins provide a canvas for the flavours that wash across the medium bodied palate, and bright acidity keeps the wine fresh and vibrant. Our 2019 Mataro has a very long finish and persistent drive with an elegant fruit profile.

Goes With Food:

Very food friendly due to its savoury characters – try with duck rillettes and fresh crusty bread. (We love Little Acre Foods Duck Rillettes!)

Goes With Cheese:

An aged Pecorino would match the body of the wine and complement it’s acidity and spiciness.

Goes With Music:

Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Goes With Life:

When the inspiration strikes to try something a little left of centre.

Serve At:

16-18 degrees Celsius.


When to Drink:

Ready to drink now, but will continue evolving through to 2030.

Vineyard:

Sourced from three vineyards. The first is in Blewitt Springs, the climatically coolest part of the Vale. The second vineyard is a couple of kilometres south of Willunga town. The third vineyard is in the Sellicks foothills further South.

Winemaking:

All three Mataro batches received different treatment in the winery. The Blewitt Springs Mataro was destemmed and then cold soaked for 2 days pre-ferment to extract vibrant colour. The Willunga ferment was fermented with 50% as whole bunches of grapes. The Sellicks portion was destemmed and fermented as whole berries. All batches were matured in neutral French oak before blending and bottling in December 2020.

Unfined, unfiltered, vegan, low sulphur.

Production: 85 dozen produced under screwcap.

Accolades:

94 points Ned Goodwin – 2022 Halliday Wine Companion

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Glorious Grenache Gift 3 Pack
Sale -5%
From $99.00 $104.00

Discover why Aphelion are known as Grenache specialists with this Glorious Grenache 3 Pack.

Sample Grenache three ways with Rob Mack's signature attention to aromatics. Includes a white wine Grenache, the Grenache Blanc.

Introduce a friend to our range or discover us yourself. 

A special pack with three Aphelion Cellar Door Best Selling Wines:

  • 1 x Aphelion Callow 2021 (Grenache Blanc);
  • 1 x Welkin Grenache 2021;
  • 1 x Aphelion Confluence 2021 (brand new release!).


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From $38.00 /Per Bottle

This wine displays a wonderful balance of fresh acidity and textural interest from fermentation in both oak and tank. Ripe stone fruit characters flow seamlessly across the palate.

 

Variety: Chenin Blanc from the Blewitt Springs district of McLaren Vale.

Summary: This wine displays a wonderful balance of fresh acidity and textural interest from fermentation in both oak and tank. Ripe stone fruit characters flow seamlessly across the palate.

Tasting Note: White peach, red apple and flint show on the aroma with cinnamon adding complexity. The palate is a textural delight with a great depth of flavour – time on ferment lees has provided an attractive creamy character to the wine. Use of French oak provides a touch of astringency on the finish. A rounded and complete wine, crisp acidity cleans the finish and provides great length.

Goes With Food: A rich baked salmon dish with green herb sauce would complement the palate roundness of this wine.

Goes With Cheese: A triple cream Camembert will match the body of this wine and complement its flinty aspects.

Goes With Music: Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)

Goes With Life: A great way to finish off a flight of white wines before moving on to the reds, but the body of this wine gives it tremendous versatility.

Serve At: 10-12 degrees Celsius.

When to Drink: Ready to drink now but will continue evolving through to 2030.

 

 

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Bottle of Aphelion Rapture Mataro Grenache Shiraz with black and white label and black wax over cork
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From $100.00 /Per Bottle

Rapture 2020 Grenache represents the pinnacle of Aphelion's Grenache-focussed winemaking. Our most premium wine made from the absolute best Grenache barrels of vintage.

Variety: Grenache.Variety: Grenache from old vines in the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs
district of McLaren Vale.


Summary: The Rapture is our pinnacle Grenache. Made only in years when we have the required quality of fruit, this wine is created to display the best of what Aphelion produces.


Tasting Note: Vibrant purple with ruby hues. Subtle aromatics of strawberry and rhubarb compote, twiggy spice, wet earth, and just ripe cranberry. Tannin is a highlight - exceptionally fine and powdery which provides a huge length of flavour. A savoury dominated flavour spectrum is led by herbal elements, black tea, graphite, and five spice with dark blackberry fruit to balance the palate. A very textural Grenache with great complexity that will continue to increase and develop over time in the cellar.


Goes With Food: Perfect with duck rillettes and crunchy sourdough bread.


Goes With Cheese: An intense washed rind cheese such as Epoisses will match the intensity and savoury aspect of this Grenache well.


Goes With Music: Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun


Goes With Life: When you’re looking to impress at a wine dinner you won’t
go wrong pulling this out.


Serve At: 16-18 degrees Celsius. Unfined & unfiltered so some sediment
may remain - we recommend decanting.


When to Drink: Ready to drink now but will continue evolving through to
2035.


Vineyard: Sourced predominantly from the Wait family’s 70-year-old dry grown bush vine Grenache vineyard in Blewitt Springs with a small portion of fruit from the Brini family vineyard with 85-year-old bush vines.


Winemaking: Tiny yields from the Wait family dry grown Grenache vineyard in 2020 resulted in intense and complex fruit. We were only able to secure 480kg of grapes which resulted in a single 300L barrel of wine. The wine was fermented as 100% whole bunches, foot trod daily and gently pressed directly to a single 2015 Cavin French oak barrel. We blended in a small amount of 85-year-old Grenache from a neighbouring vineyard which was fermented as 50% whole bunch to add additional layers of complexity.


Unfined & unfiltered.

Production: 480 bottles produced under natural cork.

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From $210.00

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.

Extremely limited, just one puncheon, 800 bottles of each.

A single pack to sample, taste and compare all three of our new wines in one Single Vineyard Grenache Mixed Pack.

This is the best way for you to discover the breadth of flavour possible from Grenache in McLaren Vale.



Each six pack includes:

2 x bottles Brini Single Vineyard Grenache 2021 $70
2 x bottles Wait Single Vineyard Grenache 2021 $70 
2 x bottles Trenerry Single Vineyard Grenache 2021 $70


$420. 

(NB: A three pack contains half these amounts, and a 12 pack contains double these amounts)

 


About The Wines

Brini Single Vineyard Grenache 2021 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.

Wait Single Vineyard Grenache 2021 The most structural and savoury wine in the range, brooding in character with earth and briary characters dominating the palate.

 

Trenerry Single Vineyard Grenache 2021 The lightest and most aromatic wine in the range, red fruits mingle with herbal briar characters to create a wine of freshness and depth.

 

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From $38.00 /Per Bottle

Tendance Shiraz 2019 is our Aphelion take on the workhorse of McLaren Vale - Shiraz.

Tending more Rhone in style, Rob seeks out elegance, aromatics, spice and savouriness.

Variety:

Shiraz from two bordering vineyards on McMurtrie Road in the heart of McLaren Vale.

Summary: 

A fruit forward wine with good structure and balance showing a finesse that McLaren Vale Shiraz rarely displays.

Tasting Note:

Inky purple with a deep core, violets, brambles and mulberries combine with wood spice on the nose and palate. Savoury notes of olive, cracked coffee, cedar and green herbs add complexity. The wine displays good length on the palate and a supple texture in its medium to full bodied frame.

Goes With Food: 

The structure of the wine will work well with red meat dishes – venison and roasted vegetables would be a particularly good match.

Goes With Cheese: 

An aged gouda (especially a lightly smoked version) will complement both the fruity and savoury aspects of this Shiraz.

Goes With Music: 

Radiohead – Pyramid Song.

Goes With Life: 

Bring this one out when main course is served – it won’t shy away from medium to full bodied dishes.

Serve At:

18 degrees Celsius.

When to Drink:

Ready to drink now, but will continue evolving through to 2035.

Vineyard: 

Single cordon trellising and careful hand pruning resulted in low yields and intense flavour in the fruit.

Winemaking: 

The two vineyards were picked a week apart in mid-March. The first vineyard’s fruit was destemmed and fermented to dryness before being gently pressed and sent to neutral French oak to mature. The second vineyard was fermented in two batches; one was pressed to a brand-new Dominique Laurent French oak 600L puncheon, the second was kept on skins for four months to impart savoury complexity before pressing to large format (600L) French oak. The parcels were blended prior to bottling in November 2019.

Unfined, unfiltered, vegan, low sulphur.

Production:

300 dozen produced under screwcap.


Accolades:
92 points Nick Stock JamesSuckling.com

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From $70.00 /Per Bottle

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.

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The Trenerry Single Vineyard Grenache 2021 is sourced from the Dam block on the vineyard owned by the Trenerry family in the Onkaparinga Hills sub-region of McLaren Vale.

Planted in 1970, the block consists of only four short rows of Grenache and presents a very unique style when compared to fruit grown on the other side of the Onkaparinga Gorge in the main McLaren Vale region.

The lightest and most aromatic wine in the range, red fruits mingle with herbal briar characters to create a wine of freshness and depth.

 

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From $70.00 /Per Bottle

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.

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The Wait Single Vineyard Grenache 2021 is sourced from the Top Bush block owned by the Wait family in the northeast corner of the Blewitt Springs area of McLaren Vale.

Planted in the mid 1940’s, this block is dry grown and provides small berries with intense flavour and prominent tannin. 

The most structural and savoury wine in the range, brooding in character with earth and briary characters dominating the palate.

 

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From $28.00 /Per Bottle

Six unique wines. 

Six different varieties.

One super delicious, super drinkable, super sharable six pack (or 12 bottle case).

Welkin is our special range of vibrant, early release, ready to enjoy, but delightfully complex wines.

Introducing the Welkin by Aphelion 2021 Mixed Pack.

Each six pack includes:

1 x bottle Welkin Sparkling Chenin Blanc 2021 RRP $28
1 x bottle Welkin Clairette 2021 RRP $28
1 x bottle Welkin Rosè 2021 RRP $28

1 x bottle Welkin Grenache 2021 RRP $28
1 x bottle Welkin Nero d'Avola 2021 RRP $28
1 x bottle Welkin Sagrantino Mataro 2020 RRP $28


(N.B: 12 bottle cases contain double these amounts).


About The Wines


Welkin Sparkling Chenin Blanc 2021 RRP $28Our first ever bubbly. Rob won the Chandon Sparkling prize during his Wine Degree so it is about time too! Pale straw colour in the glass. Aromatics of red apple and lemon curd lead to a palate that is fresh and vibrant. Great mouthfeel and length of the palate.

Welkin Clairette 2021 RRP $28: Back for the first time since 2017! Clairette is rare as hen's teeth and very special to us. We named our daughter after it, and visited the home of Clairette in South of France with our own Clairette in 2017. Aromatics of citrus blossom, cinnamon spice, and lime zest lead to a delicate palate with fresh fruit vibrancy and a water weight. A supremely elegant wine that relies on subtlety rather than power and rewards a taster who sees great value in purity.

Welkin Rosè 2021 RRP $28: After experimental Rosè projects in years past, our first permanent offering is here! Elegant. Dry. Spiced.  A beautiful salmon-orange colour.
Aromatics of fresh flowers and just ripe strawberries jump out of the glass. Blood orange, grapefruit and cranberry characters mingle on to the palate with fresh
acidity keeping the wine lively and vibrant. A tickle of tannin adds our signature savoury edge and provides good palate length.

Welkin Grenache 2021 RRP $28: We like to call the Welkin Grenache "furiously aromatic". It fairly leaps out of the glass at you! redcurrant and cinnamon follow
through on to the palate with fresh acidity keeping the wine lively and vibrant. A small percentage of whole bunch fermentation in the wine adds a savoury element and herbal notes.

Welkin Malbec 2020 RRP $28: #project5255 is a world renowned project created by Langhorne Creek Grape & Wine to highlight the versatility and quality of the region. We chose to work with Malbec and have crafted a perfumed, spiced, and  nuanced modern take on Langhorne Creek Malbec. Has to be sniffed to be believed! 

Welkin Sagrantino Mataro 2020 RRP $28: Truly unique. The only one of it's kind (that we are aware of).Early release Sagrantino (60%) to capture the vibrant violet and blueberry aromas. Spicy, savoury Mataro rounds out this outstanding duet. 100% McLaren Vale fruit.


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The Welkin Clairette By Aphelion 2021 is part of our special Welkin range of vibrant, early release, ready to enjoy, but delightfully complex wines.

Our first release since 2017. A very special wine to us from our daughter's namesake variety.

 A wine of delicacy, floral fragrance, and crystalline purity.


Goes With Food: A great pairing with kingfish ceviche, the delicacy of both the food and wine match perfectly.

Goes With Cheese: Gruyere will not overwhelm the wine and the slight sweetness will complement the subtly of the Clairette.

Goes With Music: Pink Floyd - Echoes.

Goes With Life: Light and aromatic, this wine is perfect as an aperitif to start the evening.

Serve At: 10-12 degrees Celsius.

When to Drink: Ready to drink now but will cellar well over the next 3 to 5 years.


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The Welkin Grenache By Aphelion 2021 is part of our special range of vibrant, early release, ready to enjoy, but delightfully complex wines.

We like to call the Welkin Grenache "furiously aromatic".

It fairly leaps out of the glass at you!

From a 20 year old Grenache vineyard towards the sea in Whites Valley, delicate hand picked fruit provides the aromatics.

Revel in this wine's light body, heady spiciness and juicy acidity.

Goes With Food: Perfect with light tapas or light to medium bodied cuisine.

Goes With Cheese: Fresh chevre matches this wine’s youthful vibrancy.

Goes With Music: Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt.

Goes With Life: A great wine to kick off with, it’s light body keeps the drinkability factor high.

Serve At: 16-18 degrees Celsius.

When to Drink: Ready to drink now whilst it retains it’s youthful vibrancy.


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Devil by name, but not by nature.

Beautifully intense purple in colour with aromatics that jump out of the glass.

Pure fruited aromas of redcurrant and spicy plum follow through on to the palate with fresh acidity keeping the wine lively and vibrant.

A slight rasp of powdery tannin mouth-grip adds a savoury element and helps the flavours go on and on. 

Dance with the devil and come out the winner with the Welkin Nero d'Avola by Aphelion 2021.


Goes With Food: Roasted eggplant with orecchiette pasta..

Goes With Cheese: Fetta with olive oil and whole peppercorns match the energy of this wine’s palate.

Goes With Music: The Killers - Bones.

Goes With Life: Fruit driven and energetic, chilled down a little this wine is a perfect choice when the weather turns warm.

Serve At: 16-18 degrees Celsius.

When to Drink: Ready to drink now whilst it retains its youthful vibrancy but will drink well over the next 4 – 6 years.


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