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5 Star Winery James Halliday Wine Companion 2009 – 2018
SMH Good Food Guide - One Chef Hat 2017, 2018
Andrew Margan- Viticulturist of the Year 2015
Winner - Best Winery, NSW & Hunter Tourism Awards 2013, 2014, 2015 – Hall of Fame
Winner - Excellence in Food Tourism, NSW & Hunter Tourism Awards 2014, 2015
Winner - Excellence in Food Tourism, Australian Tourism Awards 2014
Winner - Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year 2013
Winner - Best Restaurant, Australian Tourism Awards 2012
QWine
 
24 September 2017 | QWine

Margan Semillon 2017

Hunter Valley Semillon

Andrew Margan looks for Lime Splice in his Semillon. He has hit the target with this 2017 release.  Continue »

Regan Drew
 
21 September 2017 | Regan Drew

Aged Release Semillon 2012

Hunter Valley Aged Semillon

The suggestions of maturity are starting to whisper, yet elegance and undeniable Hunter are present: Lemon curd, lime pips, pineapple core and a whiff of a neighbour’s cooking toast, while in the mouth it’s seems but a babe. The Margan slightly richer style there but the way it manages to close ranks when you think it’s about to spill forth fruits like a cornucopia and the rattle of the acidity around the teeth beg for further cellar time. A class act. Still great value  Continue »

Regan Drew
 
21 September 2017 | Regan Drew

White Label Semillon 2016

Hunter Valley Premium Semillon

A richer fruit profile with plenty of lemon/lime splice and grapefruit citrus character, verbena soap, chalk and apple skin. The body undeniably Hunter semillon, all straight bones and acid. Yet, the small amount maturation time starts to whisper adamantly what will be: almost rich lemon, lime butter and a hint of toast. That chalkiness on the nose returns on the palate with a soft, textural crunch. Will no have no problem lasting the distance in the cellar. Semsational.  Continue »

Regan Drew
 
18 September 2017 | Regan Drew

Breaking Ground Barbera 2015

Hunter Valley Wine

Damp tobacco, moist blackberries and cherries, chalk, varietal thick rose petals and drying tar. Fleshy, meaty body with a briny, ferrous oyster presence. Bursts of blood orange pips: both flavour and acidity. Fruit sweet enough to be swarthy but finishes with a wash of fine chalky tannins. Drinkability plus.  Continue »

Time Posted: 18/09/2017 at 10:55 AM
Regan Drew
 
4 September 2017 | Regan Drew

Spanish varieties making their mark

Hunter Valley Wine Albarino

The second release of this albarino suits the Hunter Valley for the same reasons that regional hero semillon also does: quick ripening, low sugars and high acidity. This wine delivers lime tart and baked lemon citrus, white floral characters and a nutty afternote. Fleshy and textural with a mineral line parallel to bracing acidity.  Continue »

David Ellis
 
4 September 2017 | David Ellis

Lip smacker of a wine

HUnter Valley Wine Tempranillo Graciano Shiraz

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.”  Continue »

Regan Drew
 
28 August 2017 | Regan Drew

Breaking Ground Tempranillo Graciano Shiraz

Hunter Valley Wine

Earthy, fruity, come-hither aromas with thick rose petals, smoky blue fruits, dusty gravel and just-sweet chocolate. Full palate, with juicy blood orange acidity under pinning sumptuous red and blue fruits. While the alcohol is creeping up there, it stays balanced. A finish of dusty tannin wraps up a very neat drinking wine.  Continue »

Peter Bourne
 
25 August 2017 | Peter Bourne

The Best of the Hunter Valley

With their refreshing take on wine and food, Andrew and Lisa Margan are the king and queen of Broke. Their barbera exudes blueberry and riberry fruits, with a pleasing balance of acid and tannin. Pair it with the pork belly on their restaurant’s menu.  Continue »

Alex Greig
 
23 August 2017 | Alex Greig

Your complete guide to the Hunter Valley

Margan Restaurant Hunter Valley

Located in Broke, the Margan estate is anything but. Owners Andrew Margan (winemaker, viticulturist) and Lisa Margan (chef, nutritionist, organic farmer, restaurateur) have coaxed a bounty of riches from the earth. The ethos at the restaurant, which is headed by Lisa and head chef Thomas Boyd, is “estate grown, estate made”.  Continue »