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2019 Aphelion Sagaro

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$26. 99 Bottle
$323.88 Dozen
Minimum 12 bottles
Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2021-2023)
ABV: 12.8%
Closure: Stelvin
A blend of early picked Sagrantino and Mataro. Dark red in colour with black tinged edges and a lighter shade of red hue. Aromas of cherries, plum and red liquorice intermix with earth, dried herbs and spice. Spicy ripe cherry and red plum fruits are both juicy and fresh in their feel overlaying a back drop of cranberries, light earth and dried herbs. Bright lively acidity with polished tannins and a light elegant aftertaste.
Drink over the next 1-2 years.
Alc. 12.8%

Other Reviews….
A blend of 60% sagrantino and 40% mataro, seemingly picked early and extracted gently, with a good portion as whole berry and a smidgeon as whole-bunch. Subtle oak handling. Neither fined, nor filtered. The result is a dry, herb-soused elixir with a firm structural gait and ample red berry scents segueing to sandy tannins across the finish. Nicely done and a beacon into the future. A light-bodied red or an uber rich rose? Your call. Drink by 2022.
92 points
Ned Goodwin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

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. Drink 2019-2020.
92 points
Mike Bennie – The Wine Front