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2018 White Label Ceres Hill Semillon
This Semillon is a tribute to the start of Margan Wines as it is from the first vineyard planted by us almost three decades ago on the slope above the winery. It faces south east (less sun exposure gives slower, even ripening) and is on tough country of grey, alluvial clay which forces the vines to work hard giving lower yields and more concentrated fruit. This grey soil is distinct from our volcanic soil on the Fordwich sill and gives Semillon with higher acidity and finer flavours. In the winery, we leave the wine on lees for several months to develop palate texture. This one is built to age but enjoy it now as a refreshing, youthful wine.
2019 Ceres Hill Albariño
Albariño originates from the north west coastal regions of the Iberian Peninsula (Rias Biaxas, Spain and Vinho Verde, Portugal). We planted it in on our Ceres Hill Vineyard in 2014 and were the first in the Hunter Valley (and second in Australia) to do so. The Hunter Valley produces white wines with fruit ripeness at lower alcohols and higher acids and that is exactly the style of Albariño we are growing and making. The wine has juicy lime and nashi pear flavours and a textural palate. It finishes with refreshing acidity, mineral notes and a characteristic touch of salinity, paying homage to its coastal origins. A classic catch with fresh seafood.
2018 White Label Ceres Hill Chardonnay
Again, from our home block Ceres Hill vineyard and planted over two decades ago with the help of parents and the hinderance of small children. The grey clay, south facing slope has reduced direct sun exposure and allows the opportunity to make an elegant style of chardonnay. We ferment in older French oak puncheons using high solids, natural yeasts and a moderate ferment temperature to achieve complex savoury notes. Post ferment, lees contact and batonage is used to create mid palate weight and texture. Delicious now but this style lends itself to ageing for extra complexity.