In 2018 the quality of Mourvèdre was exceptional so we handpicked a selection of the rows and kept it separate through fermention and maturation. 18 months later we deemed the quality of this batch high enough to bottle as a straight Mourvèdre. It is the first and the only Mourvèdre made in the Hunter with a rich palate of bright red berry fruits and cherry cola, dusty tannins and a long, savoury finish
Margan Barbera was the variety that established us as ‘pioneers of alternative varieties’. Originating from the North West of Italy we were the first to plant this red grape here in the Hunter Valley in 1998. It’s a long story but the clone we have planted is an Italian original and produces wines of true varietal definition and Italian personality. It’s a medium bodied wine with black fruits, savoury notes and great acidity. True to its Italian heart it loves nothing more than good food and company.
Originating from the North West of Italy we were the first to plant this red grape here in the Hunter Valley in 1998. It’s a long story but the clone is an Italian original and produces wines of true varietal definition and Italian personality. It’s a medium bodied wine with black fruits, savoury notes and great acidity. True to its Italian heart it loves nothing more than good food and company.
We were the first to inter-plant these varieties with Shiraz here in the Hunter Valley in 2010. The grapes are picked together and made as one to capture the fruit of the Tempranillo, acid of the Graciano and tannins of the Shiraz whilst expressing the savoury medium bodied nature of the climate and soil this single vineyard provides.
Our BC4 block is one of 8 blocks of old clone Shiraz vines, located within our Fordwich Sill vineyards planted on red volcanic clays. Consistently year to year our BC4 block produces a juicy, fruit-forward style of Shiraz with plush purple fruits and soft tannins. The intensity of fruit stands out from our other vineyards, in 2018 we decided to bottle a small parcel of this block as a single vineyard, single block wine to capture the vibrancy of fruit that the BC4 block produces.
The Hunter Valley has some of the oldest productive Shiraz grapevines in the world.Warm summers in the Hunter Valley provides perfect conditions for ripe, medium bodied red wines. Our 50-year-old vineyards grown on the red volcanic earth of the Fordwich Sill gives us plenty of opportunities to select our best block of shiraz to hand pick, ferment, and bottle on its own under our prestigious White Label.
The 2014 vintage was a once in a lifetime vintage. Perfect ripening conditions provided grape chemistry with perfect balance. This gave ripe fruit flavours with lots of acid and fine tannin structures. These grapes were selected from the volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill.
Old vines and low yields allow for perfectly ripe fruit which can be a challenge in the Hunter as Cabernet ripens late and sometimes vintage weather will rain on our parade. The wine has concentrated cassis, black fruit and classic cigar box notes. The concentrated fruit sweetness is perfectly balanced with hallmark acidity and tannins which ensure long term ageing. This is a fantastic example of how great Hunter Cabernet can be.
Ripasso is inspired from the Northern Italian winemaking tradition of 'repassing' a previous year's wine from barrel over fresh pressed skins from another wine. The wine picks up richness and body, a degree or two of alcohol and additional tannins. We only do this in outstanding vintages.
Andrew made a great Rosé- Margan Shiraz Saignée, for about 20 vintages and then got bored with it so declared he wouldn’t make it anymore. Just as the Rose’ boom hit! Lisa decided to take over the project and with our winemaker Nicole Wilson and daughter Alessa Margan they re-worked the style, renamed the wine Rose & Bramble and designed a new label. Since we launched it in 2018 it has won medals, trophies and fans. Andrew is still part of the picture – he grows the grapes – and reluctantly acknowledges that he is also a fan of the new style.