Ripasso refers to an Italian winemaking technique which ‘double ferments’ wine over the skins of previously fermented grapes (called must or pomace) to build extra structure, body and flavour into the wine. Traditionally it is used in Valpolicella DOC in the North of Italy where the grapes have first been dried to concentrate the flavours before vinification for the Amarone and Recioto styles of wine of the region. The additional fermentations boost the alcohol level as well as tannins, glycerine and phenolic compounds that add extra complexity, flavour and colour to the finished wine. At Margan, we ‘re-pass’ wine over pomace several times and use different red varieties (including Barbera) to achieve the desired flavour and structure for our Ripasso. 

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Ripasso Reviews

Wine Wise
25 April 2019 | Wine Wise

2017 White Label Shiraz & 2017 Breaking Ground Ripasso highly awarded by Wine Wise

A cracking vintage for the Hunter Valley and once again Margan are leading the game.  Continue »

For Food's Sake
30 October 2017 | For Food's Sake

A Weekend in the Hunter Valley

Margan is one of our favourites in the Hunter so we do recommend making it a point to check them out, just don’t forget the Ripasso!

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