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Hunter Valley summers provide perfect conditions for beautifully ripe, medium bodied, Shiraz. Our 50-year-old, low yielding vineyards on the volcanic dolerite soils of the Fordwich Sill gives us plenty of opportunities to select the best parcels of shiraz to hand pick, ferment, and bottle under our White Label range which we launched in 2005. We now have added the vineyard name to this wine. Still made in limited quantities and still produced only in strong vintages
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.
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.
We started making this dessert style wine back in 1999 mainly because our Semillon vines had bumper yields that year, so we left a block out, unpicked as we literally ran out of tanks in the winery. In the meantime, the grapes became infected with the fungus botrytis cinerea which is the classic ‘noble rot’ responsible for many of the great sweet wines of the world. We have made it ever since and it has won more trophies and medals for Margan than any other wine.
In 2018 the quality of Mourvèdre was exceptional so we handpicked a selection of the rows and kept it separate through fermention and maturation. 18 months later we deemed the quality of this batch high enough to bottle as a straight Mourvèdre. It is the first and the only Mourvèdre made in the Hunter with a rich palate of bright red berry fruits and cherry cola, dusty tannins and a long, savoury finish
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.
These two varieties are planted as a Field Blend on the Saxonvale Vineyard. The entire Hunter has Shiraz vines, but we are not sure who had the foresight to plant the Mourvèdre back in the late 1960’s. However, we now have this vineyard and are glad they did. The original plantings were trained as ‘bush vines’ and the variety mix is about 85% Shiraz and 15% Mourvèdre. We first released this wine in 2005 and it is a consistent favourite with a real cult following.
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.
Margan Barbera was the variety that established us as ‘pioneers of alternative varieties’. Originating from the North West of Italy we were the first to plant this red grape here in the Hunter Valley in 1998. It’s a long story but the clone we have planted is an Italian original and produces wines of true varietal definition and Italian personality. It’s a medium bodied wine with black fruits, savoury notes and great acidity. True to its Italian heart it loves nothing more than good food and company.
Old vines and low yields allow for perfectly ripe fruit which can be a challenge in the Hunter as Cabernet ripens late and sometimes vintage weather will rain on our parade. The wine has concentrated cassis, black fruit and classic cigar box notes. The concentrated fruit sweetness is perfectly balanced with hallmark acidity and tannins which ensure long term ageing. This is a fantastic example of how great Hunter Cabernet can be.