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Aphelion The Affinity 2018 (Grenache Mataro Shiraz)

$35.00 per bottle

 

Variety: A 40/35/25 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 3 parcels 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: 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 2030.

Winemaking: All ten 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.
The Mataro parcels are from 3 separate vineyards, with some whole bunch, some pre-ferment cold soak and some 3-month extended maceration used.
The Shiraz components are from 2 separate but very close by vineyards – one higher in elevation and picked earlier, the other picked later. A portion of this lower elevation ferment was kept on skins for 4 months.
The wine was then matured for 9 months in neutral French hogsheads prior to bottling in December 2018.

Production: 300 dozen produced under screwcap.

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