A Rhone blend from Australia – Aphelion The Affinity 2017, McLaren Vale

A classic Rhone blend from a new wave Australian producer called Aphelion. I came across the name while reading an article about McLaren Vale Grenache on The Wine Detective’s blog, which put it onto my must-try list. Luckily their wines (some of them at least) are available in Europe, at OZ Wines UK, so my order was soon on the way. Their pure Grenache, the Confluence made a bigger impact on me, but this is very good, too.

As far as aromas goes, it’s unmistakably Australian, you cannot miss the minty, Eucalyptus notes. Some herbs, sour cherries add interest. Built almost like a Pinot Noir, there is an unforced feel to it – definitely not an extracted style, though it’s still kind of full-bodied. And it’s full of flavor too, pretty intense on the palate. Good acidity, but it’s not too tannic – I would like it even more with a bit more tannins and structure. Quite a pure, modern wine without being funky or dirty, it’s easy to like.

Rating: very good, 89 points.
Price: £24.99 (OZ WINES UK).
Value: it’s not cheap, but interesting to try.
Tasted: August, 2019.
Source: I bought it online.
Drinking window: 2019-2021.

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