Straight out of the blocks, this new wine label established in 2014 by husband and wife Rob and Louise Mack has already gained a strong reputation for quality and value. Pedigreed winemaker Rob Mack concentrates on grape varieties that thrive in the Mediterranean climate of McLaren Vale, producing stylish Grenache as well as other regionally emerging varieties, such as Mataro and Sagrantino. They craft their wines to match the foods they love to eat - Italian, Mediterranean, and Asian. It starts with the sun and the earth. Aphelion Wine Co.’s growers are passionate about producing premium, hand tended grapes from only the most select, unique parcels of land. *2018 Young Gun Winemaker of the Year Award Winner*
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
The ‘by [insert winemaker/producer name]’ thing is the new ‘don’t use vowels in words’ motif in Australian wine. There, I’ve called it. This is sagrantino and mataro, (Sagaro, geddit?!) but early picked and slapped into sparkling wine bottles with crown seal. I liked its vibe immediately in glass, a little more when I caught it’s packaging vibes. From good-guys Aphelion of McLaren Vale. Jolly little wine of freshness and general slurpability. Crisp texture, slightly rugged tannin rasp, tangy-amaro-like flavours dashed through pomegranate juice juiciness. Light, summery, fresh, good feel, nice clean lines and crunch to close. Delicious. Simple done bloody well, with a little more under the hood.