Hot dry summers in the Hunter provide perfect ripening conditions for super ripe, soft, medium-bodied red wine. Margan's 50 year old 1-tonne-to-the-acre vineyards on the volcanic earth of the Fordwich Sill gives them plenty of opportunities to select their best block of Shiraz to hand pick, ferment, and bottle on its own under the prestigious White Label. Limited quantities of this wine are produced in only the best vintages.
'The 2017 Hunter vintage produced outstanding quality wines that we are very excited to share. The hot dry ripening conditions provided us with clean, ripe flavoured fruit with firm tannins. These grapes were selected from our Fordwich Hill vineyard, a small 7 acre block within our 200 acres of estate grown fruit. The wine was placed in a mixture of 1 and 2 year old French oak barriques for 12 months.'
Partial carbonic maceration results in a complex but approachable red wine with velvety smooth tannins. Intense blue fruit flavors, framed with subtle oak ends with a crisp lingering acidity.
Established in 1997, Margan is the wine operation of Andrew Margan and his family. The Margan family have strong ties to the wine industry in the Hunter Valley, with Andrew's father, Frank, establishing the DeBeyers vineyard in Pokolbin during the 1960s. Andrew himself spent 20 years working under the late Murray Tyrrell, with another 5 vintages racked up in France. The key to the ongoing success of the Margan operation is the quality of the vineyards. Margan now has over 320 acres of vineyards, with the majority of them located in Broke Fordwich, having been first planted by Lindemans and Saxonvale in the late 60’s on the volcanic deposit known as the “Fordwich Sill”. In fact, some of the fruit from these vineyards went into the famed Lindemans 'Hunter River Burgundy' wines that are rightly renowned as some of the finest that the Hunter ever produced. As Andrew says, 'I enjoy making wines that show their sense of place. The Hunter Valley produces some of the most regionally unique styles of wine in the world. Every variety I grow has its own unique set of characters and structure that are affected significantly by the climate they enjoy, the soil they are produced from and the winemaking style I prefer. The quality of Margan is controlled from the vineyard right through to the consumer. All of our wines are produced from our old vine, low yielding vineyards. The volcanic soils of the Fordwich Sill that nourish our vines produce excellent quality grapes that achieve optimal ripeness of flavour, colour and tannin. The wines that I can make from these grapes have great texture, structure and richness which are a true expression of the vineyard they come from. We produce a richer, softer Hunter style of wine. In most cases I prefer to not interfere too much with what nature has provided and as such allow the flavour and characters of the fruit shine through to the wine. Minimal use of oak ensures that it is fruit intensity and natural structure that underpin my wines. The wines of the Hunter generally have excellent natural acidity which ensures they mature well and drink well with food.' 'On the whole, I choose to not blend wines from different vineyards or varieties because I firmly believe that each wine should be true expressions of its variety and region."
GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE MAGAZINE
2017 Margan White Label Shiraz shows intense red berries on the nose with darker fruits like plum appearing on the palate. There's a hint of caraway too, and the tannins are firm and balanced. Hooke thought "the bouquet fresh and bright, with blueberry and mulberry-like aromas". He continued, "The palate is also fresh, young and vibrant, not so complex as yet but it's youthful and looks like a slow-ageing wine. The acidity is balanced, too. Good concentration. Long term but lovely young also
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Hand-picked, fermented and bottled as a landmark in the Margan '17 vintage, the block selected for this treatment has 50yo vines yielding 1 tonne/acre. It has excellent texture and structure, although it's the sense of place that is the key. With its screwcap protecting the wine, 40 years should be a doddle for its blackberry and earth fruits.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Very deep, youthful purple/red colour. The bouquet is fresh and bright, with blueberry and mulberry-like aromas, the palate likewise fresh, young and vibrant, not so complex as yet but it's youthful and looks like a slow-ageing wine. The acidity is balanced, too. Good concentration. Long-term but lovely young also.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
Fluid is the word. Elegant too. Cherry-plum, earth and spice notes come licked with coffee-cream oak. Tang, length, tannin and an overall air of confidence. It should age beautifully. 93+ Points
A dense and very layered shiraz with dried meat and plums and hints of toasted oak. Medium to full body. Flavorful fruit. Polished and creamy-textured tannins.
Gold Medal - Hunter Valley Wine Show 2018