2018 Off-Sweet Vermouth
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2018 MARGAN OFF-SWEET VERMOUTH

With 40 years of winemaking experience making premium Hunter Valley Semillon Andrew Margan sat down with his barman son Ollie and decided the perfect Vermouth could be made from the Semillon grape as a base using home grown herbs and spices for the aromatics. The palate of the vermouth needed balance between bitterness and aromatics that allowed it to sit perfectly in a Negroni or be consumed just with ice. Hence the Margan Vermouth project was born and the first varietal, regional, vintage Vermouth, made from Hunter Valley Semillon, has been produced.  

Tasting Notes

This off-sweet style of vermouth was designed to subtly compliment the gin or rye used in many classic cocktails. It has a palate that balances bitterness and aromatics without being overly sweet, allowing it to sit perfectly in a Negroni or to be consumed over ice. The aromas of liquorice, orange peel, cinnamon transfer to a semi sweet palate of thyme, lemon balm and spring honey.

Winemaking

After much experimentation, Andrew, Ollie and the winery team agreed on the perfect blend of botanicals to use to make the vermouth with the majority of the 24 herbs and spices used being grown in the Margan Kitchen Garden. Old vine Semillon from the 2018 vintage was used as the base wine for the Vermouth to contribute excellent acidity and subtle primary flavours of citrus. Some of this base wine was sent to be distilled and used to steep the selected 24 botanicals, before being basket pressed and added back to the Semillon base wine. A combination of honey from our Margan bee hives and 2018 botrytis Semillon was added to produce a beautiful off-sweet red vermouth.

Suggested Cocktail Recipes

Margroni

30ml Margan Off-Sweet Vermouth

30ml Farmers Wife Gin

30ml Campari

Serve in a short glass with crushed ice.

Top with aranciata rosso and garnish with a twist of orange peel

Vermouth Cobbler

45ml Margan Off-Sweet Vermouth

45ml Fresh Orange juice

10ml  sugar syrup (1:1 sugar/water)

Build in a tall glass with crushed ice and garnish with a citrus wheel

Margan Spritzer

30ml Margan Off-Sweet Vermouth

30ml Margan Botrytis Semillon

15ml fresh lime juice

Build in short glass with crushed ice and top with Margan Blanc de Blancs

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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.

GROWING SEASON

With much welcomed spring rain in 2020 we saw excellent canopy balance through all vineyards for our 2021 vintage. A mild summer allowed for excellent acid retention and a long ripening period resulting in elegant fruit character and seamless acid balance in white wines coming from 2021.

VINEYARD

This wine is mostly sourced from our Ceres Hill Vineyard (Merlot and Barbera) with these grapes grown on the parcels of red volcanic soils. We add a small volume of Pinot Grigio grown on our Saxonvale Vineyard on the Fordwich Sill which adds texture to the palate.

WINEMAKING

Our Rosé is made using a combination of varieties and winemaking techniques. A blend of Shiraz, Merlot and Barbera picked and pressed off skins immediately to achieve a faint salmon blush and encourage floral aromatics and elegant fruits. The Pinot Grigio component Is handpicked and fermented on skins to contribute texture to the palate.

TASTING NOTES

The wine has lifted berry aromas and a rose petal perfume with mulberry, strawberry, and pink grapefruit on the palate. The finish is dry and refreshing and the palate has lots of texture. An eclectic approach to winemaking has produced a dry wine packed with mouthfeel and fresh fruit.

WINE COMPOSITION

pH                                                                  3.25

Titratable Acidity                                       7.5 g/L

Alcohol                                                         12 %

Residual Sugar                                           < 2g/L

VINE AGE/CLONE

50 years / Busby

FOOD MATCH

Kangaroo steak tartare with quails’ egg and toasted brioche

CELLARING POTENTIAL

2-3 years

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2018 Saxonvale Shiraz Mourvedre

2018 WHITE LABEL SAXONVALE MOURVÈDRE

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.

Growing Season

Low yielding, high quality, clean fruit at full ripeness was a hallmark of the excellent 2018 vintage. Mourvèdre is a late ripening variety making this field blend one of our last picks every year. In 2018 this vineyard was picked in the last week of February.

Vineyard

Planted as a field blend, the grapes were picked from a 3 hectare block on our Saxonvale vineyard. Mourvèdre thrives in a hot, dry climate and produces small bunches of intensely flavoured berries. The Mourvèdre ripens later than the Shiraz so we wait until it is ready and pick it all together. The Shiraz is very ripe at this stage, so the style of wine is bigger and has a higher potential alcohol than our other reds.

Winemaking

The grapes were picked and co-fermented under cool conditions using cultured aromatic yeast. The wine was then placed in new and old French oak barriques where it matured for 12 months prior to bottling. The intense tannins of the Mourvèdre help lift the spicy notes of the Shiraz.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of blackberry and black currants, followed by a palate of cocoa and rich forest fruits. Fine tannins and subtle oak frame the fruit providing a fuller style of Hunter Valley Shiraz with lifted aromatics from the Mourvèdre.

Wine Composition

pH                                                          3.48

Titratable Acidity                                7.1g/L

Alcohol                                                  14%

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

Vine Age

60 years

Food Match

Slow cooked lamb shoulder, heirloom carrots, parsnip puree

Cellaring Potential

20 + years

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2019 Ceres Hill Chardonnay


2019 WHITE LABEL CERES HILL CHARDONNAY

Our Ceres Hill Chardonnay block is a small one-hectare block 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 sunlight exposure and consistently provides a refined elegant style of Chardonnay. These vines are now mature and have their own personality difference to our Timbervines Chardonnay we grown on red clay, so we bottle it separately and celebrate the difference.

Growing Season

Small bunches and intensely flavoured fruit with bright aromatics were a characteristic of the 2019 vintage, resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit that we handpicked in mid-January. Fruit quality was exceptionally high especially in Chardonnay and Semillon.

Vineyard

Our Ceres Hill Chardonnay vineyard is planted on grey clay below our family house. This vineyard is on a south facing slope which helps to produce fruit that has a finer flavour and high natural acidity. 

Winemaking

The wine is wild fermented, in a mixture of stainless steel and older French oak puncheons. We lees stir this wine once a week for 9 months to build the texture of this wine to meet its fine fruit. Minimal fining and filtration allow us to capture the vineyard characters in the glass.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a lovely balance of savoury aromas, pure fruit and refreshing acidity. The palate is rich and textured with a long lingering finish of citrus fruit. The oak is subtle giving a touch of spice and frames the fruit without overpowering.

Wine Composition

pH                                                          3.30

Titratable Acidity                                7.9 g/L

Alcohol                                                  12 %

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

Vine Age

50 years

Food Match

Linguine vongole with parsley and chilli

Cellaring Potential

10 + years

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Picture of 2018 Timbervines Tempranillo Graciano Shiraz

2018 Timbervines Tempranillo Graciano Shiraz

2018 WHITE LABEL TIMBERVINES TEMPRANILLO GRACIANO SHIRAZ

Inspired by some great Spanish wines and their versatility with food, we pioneered the inter-planting (field blend) of these 3 varieties together here in the Hunter Valley in 2010. Picked at the same time and vinified together as a single wine we find the Tempranillo provides the rich fruit, Graciano gives lifted floral notes and acidity and the Shiraz provides the tannin and extra structure.

Growing Season

Low yielding, high quality, clean fruit at full ripeness was a hallmark of the excellent 2018 vintage. In 2018 this vineyard was picked in the last week of February celebrating the end of vintage and the end of working weekends!

Vineyard

The grapes are from our Timbervines Vineyard planted to red volcanic soils and cover a tiny 2 hectares. The three varieties are inter planted as a Field Blend. The challenge when making wine from a field blend is that the different varieties ripen at different stages so the art of making good wine involves balancing these ripeness’s. We enjoy the unpredictability of this and that the conditions of the vintage and the terroir will dictate the style of wine each year.

Winemaking

All three varieties were harvested and fermented together under cool conditions using cultured aromatic yeast.  After fermentation the wine was placed in a mixture of new and used French and American oak barriques and puncheons where it matured for 12 months prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

This is perfectly balanced, medium bodied wine with bright plush fruit, silky tannins and well-defined acidity which gives a long, refreshing finish. The nose has violets and black fruits and the palate has loads of forest berries, a touch of dark chocolate, soft tannins and refreshing acidity.

Wine Composition

pH                                                          3.46

Titratable Acidity                                7.1g/L

Alcohol                                                  13.5%

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

Vine Age

10 years

Food Match

Duck and pork belly cassoulet, with creamy parmesan polenta

Cellaring Potential

20 + years

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