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.
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.
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.
Rich. Spicy pepper. Juicy berry. Violet. Beetroot
Hunter Valley Wine Show Trophy Winner
Medium bodied with bramble, allspice and red fruits notably cherry, underpinned by a savoury earthiness which expresses the rich, volcanic soils of this vineyard. Barbera is the ultimate food wine.
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.
These 50-year-old vines are the only example of this unique combination in the Hunter Valley. The grapes are picked and vinified together giving a wine with loads of character. Concentrated black forest fruits, liquorice, spice and earth. Dusty tannins add structure and the finish is long and lingering.
With its origins in Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is a long way from home. It is traditionally not widely planted in the Hunter Valley as it ripens late and therefore risks getting caught in late harvest rain. However, when planted on the right soils and with yields kept low the vine can achieve grapes of concentration and perfect ripeness and can make outstanding wines.
We have been making Cabernet Sauvignon since we started Margan in 1996. We don’t have much planted therefore the volumes are always small. The wines are elegant in style, rich and concentrated with classic cassis and cigar box notes. The fruit is balanced with hallmark acidity and tannins which ensure long term ageing.
Our 2019 Rosé is straight off the bottling line and ready to enjoy! A blend of Merlot and Barbera were picked and immediately pressed off skins to encourage floral aromatics and elegant fruits reminiscent of roses and bramble. A small parcel of skin fermented Pinot Gris gives this wine fantastic texture.