One of the country’s leading wine shows today announced its Trophy Winners in conditions typical of 2021 – via an online awards ceremony. The Hunter Valley Wine Show, now in its 49th year recognises and celebrates the great wines and producers of the region. More than 645 wines were tasted at this years show.

Taking out the prestigious Silver Bullet Trophy, an award sponsored by The Royal Australian Infantry Corps Officers Mess, for its 2019 Margan Ceres Hill Barbera, Andrew Margan couldn’t be more thrilled on the back of this year being named 2021 Winemaker of the Year, and for Margan Winemaker Nicole Brasier, the 2021 Rising Star of the Year.

The Silver Bullet was first presented at the Hunter Valley Wine Show in 2017 and is (usually) selected by the International Wine Show Judge at the show as their favourite wine of all entries, chosen for typicity, quality and interest. Margan has twice won this award and once been a runner up contender.

The same wine also received a Gold Medal alongside its counterpart 2017 Margan Timbervines Shiraz. 100% certified sustainably farmed and estate grown and made, Margan prides itself on its modern winemaking practices supported by outstanding viticulture. All wines are single vineyard which allow the characters of the variety and the vineyard site to shine.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised for our 2019 Ceres Hill Barbera with both a gold medal and the trophy. This variety was pioneered by Andrew and Lisa over two decades ago and the Team at Margan have evolved the style each year and pushed the boundaries of what we can do with this Northern Italian variety. Over the years it appears Barbera has adapted well to its home in Broke Fordwich and the Australian climate and consumer. 2019 was an exceptional vintage characterised by vibrant aromatics and an elegant fruit profile. We are excited with the direction we are going with our Barbera and believe we are getting better and better with this great variety.” Comments Margan winemaker Nicole Brasier.

Andrew Margan adds “I am really happy with the success of the Timbervines Shiraz which we grow on volcanic soil and with heritage clones. A shout out to our vineyard team who work hard to maintain our 100 hectares of vineyards in pristine condition. We also were awarded an additional six silver medals at this year’s Show as well as a handful of bronze so all up we will celebrate with a few beers tonight.