MARGAN Family Wines have released a lip-smacker 2015 red blend from their Hunter Valley estate that brings together Tempranillo, Graciano and Shiraz off vines that were inter-planted – or “field blended” as it’s known in the industry – and then all picked at the same time to be vinified together as a single wine.
And it’s a lip-smacker because, as Chief Winemaker Andrew Margan points out, the Tempranillo provides it with rich fruit flavour, the Graciano with necessary acid, and the Shiraz its tannin. “And as the vineyard is planted on the red volcanic soil of the Fordwich Sill, this gives the wine a Hunter earthiness along with savoury fruit and rustic tannins, and which all actually make it quite typical of a Spanish wine.”
2015, Andrew says, was a good vintage for reds in the Hunter, and as the fruit for this blend was picked at full ripeness, he was able to craft a nicely medium-bodied drop with a palate of red and black berries, hints of oak and earth with complex savoury tannins, and balanced acidity.
Altogether a good match with duck breast spiced with wholegrain faro seeds and sweetly-tart mustard cherries. Pay $40 and while excellent for immediate enjoyment now, Andrew says this wine will cellar well for best drinking appreciation around fifteen years down the track.