2019 Ceres Hill Semillon
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2019 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. The grapes traditionally have been for our Original Semillon wines, but these vines are now mature and are showing a unique style that we want to capture so we now label the wine under Ceres Hill Semillon

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 hand-picked in mid-January. Fruit quality was exceptionally high especially in Chardonnay and Semillon.

Vineyard

The vineyard faces east and has less sun exposure allowing for slower, even ripening. The soil is grey, alluvial clay which forces the vines to work hard giving lower yields and more concentrated fruit. This grey soil is distinct from the dolerite soil on the Fordwich Sill and gives Semillon with higher acidity and finer flavours. We ensure extra concentration in the fruit by keeping yields low and ‘fruit thinning’ when necessary which requires cutting off under ripe grapes during the growing season so the vine can concentrate its energy to ripening the remaining bunches on the vine. 

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked when just ripe, to maintain fine flavours and naturally high acidity. The juice was fermented on full solids using indigenous yeasts which offered a uniquely different style of Semillon contributing more generous aromatics than what is traditionally expected from Hunter Valley Semillon. In the winery, we leave the wine on lees to develop palate texture.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a lovely aromatics of lemon myrtle and chamomile flower. The palate shows zesty fruit of white grapefruit, lemons and lime sherbet. The texture is dry with river stone and mineral notes and the finish is long and refreshing with tingling acidity.

Wine Composition

pH                                                         3.08

Titratable Acidity                                 7.8g/L

Alcohol                                                  11.5%

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

Vine Age

50 years

Food Match

Tuna sashimi with pear, soy and yuzu

Cellaring Potential

10 + years

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Margan Barbera was the variety that established us as ‘pioneers of alternative varieties’. Andrew is a big fan of Italian varieties and we researched this grape to see if it would work here in the Hunter. Back in the late 1990’s the region mainly had the standard line up of iconic Hunters – Semillon, Shiraz and also Chardonnay- and we wanted to see what else would work. Barbera originates from the North West of Italy and we were the first to plant this red grape here 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.

Growing Season

The 2018 vintage had perfect ripening conditions with dry, warm days paired with cooler nights resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit which we picked early February.

Vineyard

Our Barbera vineyard was planted In 1998 with cuttings from an original Italian clone on our Ceres Hill vineyard, just behind the winery on a streak of red volcanic soil. The great thing about Barbera is that it holds its acidity while achieving full flavour (phenological) ripeness making It very suitable to growing In the changing climate.

Winemaking

We hand pick the grapes at optimal ripeness and ferment under cool conditions using cultured, aromatic yeast. The wine was placed in a mixture of small and large older French oak barriques (225 litres) and puncheons (500 litres) where it matured for 12 months prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

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Wine Composition

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Titratable Acidity                                7.0g/L

Alcohol                                                  14.0%

Residual Sugar                                     <1g/L

Food Match

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Cellaring Potential

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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

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Winemaking

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Tasting Notes

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Wine Composition

pH                                                          3.48

Titratable Acidity                                7.1g/L

Alcohol                                                  14%

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

Vine Age

60 years

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2015 WHITE LABEL SAXONVALE VERDELHO

Margan Verdelho has been coming from the old Saxonvale vineyards on the red volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill for many years now. We usually do a 3 pick program for it where I pick early for acid, middle for balance and late for tropical rich spiciness. In 2015 we picked Block 15 (a 5 acre 40 year old block) separately because it had all of the components I look for in the one batch of fruit. The natural ripeness and acidity balance will ensure this wine drinks well young but also will mature beautifully.

Growing Season

The 2015 vintage was a classic white vintage in the Hunter. The fruit from this vintage was selected for its finesse and balance that have allowed us to make a fine white wine.

Vineyard

These old vines were planted in the 1970’s and produce low yielding and concentrated fruit. The vineyard is a small 5-acre block of 15 rows facing north south, planted on red volcanic clay of the Fordwich Sill.

Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were handpicked, highly clarified and cold fermented with aromatic yeasts in stainless steel tanks to maintain elegance and subtle aromas. This wine doesn’t see any oak and is bottled early to maintain freshness.

Tasting Notes

The rich volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill leaves its footprint by way of a uniquely generous mid palate weight at a young age allowing this wine to be easily approached now and also age gracefully over the next 5-10yrs. Aromatics of white stone fruits are followed by a palate with guava and pineapple with a zippy acidity cleansing the palate.

 

Wine Composition

pH                                                          3.23

Titratable Acidity                                7.2g/L

Alcohol                                                  13%

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

 

Vine Age

40 years

Food Match

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Cellaring Potential

Enjoy young and fresh, will cellar over the next five to ten years

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