James Halliday
23 October 2020 | James Halliday

The significance of Hunter Valley semillon

Andrew Margan, Margan
H. How would you describe Hunter Valley semillon?
A. Semillon from the Hunter Valley, made in its purest traditional form, is a wine based around ripe citrus flavours, and a length of palate created by natural acidity and a relatively lower alcohol. The balance and texture of the wine creates a unique white style that builds and complexes beautifully with age. I love its texture and mouthfeel. The variety combines an incredible line and length and lighter-body with a lingering mouthfeel that makes light foods sing like no other white wine.

H. What is unique about the Margan style?
A. The ancient volcanic soil of the Fordwich Sill provides all of our wines with a distinctive difference. An extra level of ripeness results in an extra amount of mouthfeel through fruit richness, while still maintaining an acid backbone. I have been making Hunter Valley semillon for over 40 years now and over that time my techniques have evolved – however, the most important thing about the variety and style comes from where it is grown. My techniques have been fine-tuned to ensure the wine represents our unique terroir.


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