David Ellis
16 October 2017 | Wine Reviews, Wine Reviews - Semillon | David Ellis

One to Note: Margan Semillon 2017

ONE TO NOTE: A HOT and dry vintage in the Hunter Valley in 2017 gave growers and winemakers fruit of outstanding quality, and in the case of Margan Family Wines’ their low yielding ripe and clean Semillon at full ripeness is a hallmark of that excellent vintage.

Grown on Margan’s Fordwich Hill vineyard that was originally planted by Lindemans on the wonderful red volcanic soil of the Fordwich Sill in the late 1960s, this vineyard produces wines of a richer, softer style with intense citrus-like flavours, as fruit can be left on the vine for longer than normal to give it increased ripeness of flavour without loss of acidity.

Thus this Margan 2017 Semillon is a wonderful combination of flavour and acidity with what Andrew Margan calls “Lime Splice,” and has a softness and juicy mid palate weight he says is not normally found in Hunter Semillon.

An excellent drop that’s great value at $20, Andrew suggests an ideal match on the table would be seared yellow fin tuna with garden piccalilli, capers and white balsamic dressing.


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