Literally translates as ‘white from white’ and refers to a classic champagne style made entirely from chardonnay. We can’t call ours champagne, but we make it in a method traditional to this famous sparkling wine region. We pick the chardonnay grapes at lower sugar levels which gives fruit with crisp green apple characters and refreshing acidity.
Hunter Valley Semillon is lean and racy in its youth but develops texture and complexity with age. It also will reflect the origins of where it is grown. This wine is planted on the dolerite soils of the Fordwich Sill which leaves its footprint by way of a richer and softer wine with more palate weight in its youth, as opposed to Semillon grown on grey clay or alluvial soils.
Our Aged Release Semillon has been made in a very pure style and the bottle maturation allows both the young wine and the older wine to be seen in the one glass. The grapes for this Semillon were handpicked in the cool of the morning from vines yielding less than one tonne to the acre. The wine has been made in the traditional low sugar manner that produces wines with great ageing potential. The juice was fermented under temperature controlled conditions to maintain all of its fruit characters.
White Label Verdelho has been coming from the old Saxonvale vineyards for many years now. We usually do a three pick program for it where we pick early for acid, middle for balance and late for tropical rich spiciness. In 2019 we picked Block 15 (a 5 acre 40 year old block) separately because it had all of the components I look for in the one batch of fruit. The natural ripeness and acidity balance will ensure this wine drinks well young but also will mature beautifully. Made in very small quantities, only 300 cases made.
This Semillon is a tribute to the start of Margan Wines as it is from the first vineyard planted by us almost three decades ago on the slope above the winery. The soil is grey, alluvial clay which forces the vines to work hard giving lower yields and more concentrated fruit. The grapes were handpicked when just ripe, to maintain fine flavours and naturally high acidity. The juice was fermented on full solids using indigenous yeasts which offered a uniquely different style of Semillon contributing to generous aromatics.
Our Timbervines Chardonnay block was planted in 1972 on the Fordwich Sill and continuously produces high quality concentrated fruit with a distinct lime acid backbone. Naturally fermented on full solids in 1-2year old puncheons, this modern Australian chardonnay shows the perfect balance of subtle oak, texture, elegant fruit, and long acidity. Made in small volumes, only 500 cases produced.
Australia has been growing this variety for about 150 years and this sub-region of Broke Fordwich has some of the oldest vines in the country.Typically, it has tropical fruit with a rich spicy palate and is made in a medium bodied dry style without oak. Our White Label Verdelho has been selected for pristine fruit, finesse and refreshing acidity.
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.