2021 Aphelion Wine Co. ‘Rapture’ Grenache - McLaren ValeRegular price $101.00
Made from the best Grenache Barrels of the vintage, recently collecting high scoring reviews.
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.
"The top expression of grenache from Aphelion, this is a combination of Wait and Brini vineyards, both containing bush vines planted in the 1940s. This is a complex wine already, with a nose that’s so enticingly complex and detailed. It has bracken, sappy elements, berry pastry, spiced notes, raspberry, red plum and candied orange peel. The palate has a very plush, complete and seamless feel. This is so commanding, yet so deliciously appealing at once. Impressive poise, with long tannins that drive and frame the red and dark-berry fruit-soaked finish. Matured in a single, neutral demi-muid. Drink or hold."
98 Points - Nick Stock - JamesSuckling.com