Margan At Home Deluxe Dinner for Two
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Margan at Home Deluxe Dinner for Two

As with each week our menu is inspired by produce harvested from our Ceres Hill property in Broke. 

To whet your appetite, start with house baked rosemary focaccia and a super serving of ‘babaghanoush’ which Joey makes with charred sugarloaf cabbage, topped with a native saltbush dukkah and scallion oil. This produce is all organically grown in the Margan kitchen-garden, which is bursting with incredible spring produce.

Our chefs will be busy hand rolling our potato gnocchi which is dresses with our garden inspired broadbean pesto. 
For the main event feast on a juicy leg of confit duck perfectly accompanied by roasted garden vegetables- kale, asparagus and rainbow chard.

Save room for dessert of honey polenta cake with orchard citrus custard and a mixed nut praline. Hop into spring celebrations with this super dego-style dinner at home, oozing freshness and flavour.

With convenient pick up and delivery locations, and your choice of a bottle of 2014 Saxonvale Verdelho. 2021 Rose & Bramble Rose or 2018 Timbervines Tempranillo Graciano Shiraz, how can you go wrong? Simply note on your order which you’d prefer, or we will surprise you with one of them. Both are great wines!


Served with local olives marinated with fresh herbs & orchard citrus and house-made cultured butter


Topped with Scallion oil & broad bean leaf gremolata


served with a broadbean pesto**,  parmesan and pine nuts**


Served alongside saute kale, asparagus, rainbow chard and star anise jus


With Orchard citrus custard and a crunchy mixed nut praline*  **

*contains gluten

**contains nuts


Our menu each week is dictated by what we harvest on our Ceres Hill property so we are unable to cater widely for dietary requirements. Nuts and gluten are highlighted throughout the menu.

We provide everything you need in one Margan At Home hamper including easy instructions for heating and serving your meal. Just set the table, pour the wine and enjoy.

Pick Up Points for Friday 24th September:

North Rothbury, Pokolbin, The Vintage our team will deliver to your doorstep

Local area pickup available here at Margan for Broke, Milbrodale & Bulga 12:30-2:30

Singleton pick up 1:30-2:00 at August Bloom at 128 John St, Singleton NSW 2330

Newcastle pick up 2-2:30 at Bar Beach Bowlo, 29 Kilgour Ave, Merewether NSW 2291

Maitland pick up 3:00-3:30 at Maitland Aquatic Centre at Les Darcy Drive, Maitland NSW 2320

Cessnock pick up 4-4:30 at Bridges Hill Park (near East Cessnock Bowling Club)

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Picture of 2019 Ceres Hill Barbera

2019 Ceres Hill Barbera


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

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 early February. Fruit quality was exceptionally high.


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.


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

The wine is vivid purple in its youth with lifted aromas of red fruits- strawberry, raspberry, cherry and red current. The palate reflects the nose but also has savoury bramble berry and fresh mulberry notes. Touches of spicy star anise add extra interest and the tannins are soft and silky. The bright acidity gives a long, refreshing finish.

Wine Composition

pH                                                          3.46

Titratable Acidity                                7.0g/L

Alcohol                                                  13.5%

Residual Sugar                                     <1g/L

Food Match

It is a great food wine as the acid cuts through richer red meats like lamb. It matches well with hard cheese and is lighter in body and alcohol than many red wines. 

Cellaring Potential


Picture of 2021 Ceres Hill Albarino

2021 Ceres Hill Albarino


Albariño originates from the north west coastal regions of the Iberian Peninsula. Like the Hunter Valley this region is also classified as warm maritime and its wines are low in alcohol and acid focused. We were the first in the Hunter Valley to plant Albariño on our Ceres Hill Vineyard in 2014 and the second in Australia. This is a great food wine and pairs with most things you would add a touch of lemon to. It is of course a classic catch with fresh seafood.

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.


Planted in 2014 on the Sandy Loam behind our kitchen garden on our Ceres Hill property. Traditionally in Spain, Albariño is trellised on tall pergola style structures designed to provide maximum shade to the fruit. We use a modern style of trellis here (vertical shoot positioning) but are mindful of shaping the leaf canopy to also shelter the bunches. Too much direct sun can encourage the development of flavours that we don’t want.


We hand pick these grapes with exceptionally high natural acidity. We ferment the juice in stainless steel tanks using a small volume of solids and wild yeasts to achieve more savoury aromatics. Extended lees contact post fermentation resulted in a textural complex wine

Tasting Notes

The wine has aromatic notes of lime zest and crisp, nashi pear and sea spray. The palate has juicy lime, sherbet, grapefruit, pear and lemon balm. The palate is textural with mineral notes and finishes with refreshing acidity and a characteristic touch of salinity, paying homage to its coastal origins.


Wine Composition

pH                                                          3.28

Titratable Acidity                                8.7 g/L

Alcohol                                                  12.5%

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

Vine Age

7 years

Food Match

Grilled garfish with harissa roasted capsicum, squash and eggplant


Cellaring Potential

10 + years

Picture of Huesgen & Margan Trabener Wurtzgarten Riesling

Huesgen & Margan Trabener Wurtzgarten Riesling


Back in the vintage of 1981 when I was working at Tyrrell’s here in the Hunter Valley I had the pleasure of working beside a young German who had come to Australia for the harvest businesses in the late nineties. In 2018 I visited Germany with my family, to travel their wine regions, and once again caught up with Ado and his wonderful family. From that meeting we decided that we needed to make some wine together! Made using German handcrafted viticulture and handpicked at optimum ripeness before made using Australian winemaking techniques.

Tasting Notes

Picked at the ideal ripeness of 12.1 % sugar and 8 g/l of acid with ripe primary fruit characters of nashi pear and a prickly acidity. The wine evolved out of fermentation with hints of ginger and lychee and ripe pineapple on the nose. The palate is balanced and structured around its strength of ripe fruit and lifted acid backbone. A small level of phenolics left in the wine has helped to strengthen the back palate of the wine. It is built to drink now and to age.

Wine Composition

Titratable Acidity                                   7.6g/L    

Alcohol                                                   12%        

Residual Sugar                                       7 g/L       

Food Match

Truffle and mushroom risotto with Parmesan Reggiano

Cellaring Potential

20 years plus

Picture of 2018 Off-Sweet Vermouth

2018 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.


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


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