RRP: $40.00 per bottle Sale: $21.67 per bottle
Andrew Margan loves single vineyard wines as they carry a sense of place. His Barbera from the winery block encapsulates Margan's identity and signature style. Vineyard planted in 1998 - a first for the Hunter Valley. The cuttings came from a vineyard planted in Mudgee which were carefully ‘imported’ from Piedmonte, in an Italian grapegrowers suitcase. So it has an authentic Italian pedigree. The first vintage was 2001 and after a few early challenges Andrew now understands its Italian DNA. The wine stands out for its naturally high acidity and ripe, savoury fruit characters, unusual in Australian reds. It’s a perfect food wine.
Sour cherry, clove, star anise and charred oak with bright acidity to the finish. Beetroot, black cherry and star anise. Medium bodied with bramble, allspice and red fruits notably cherry, underpinned by a savoury earthiness which expresses the rich, volcanic soils of this vineyard. The oak is well integrated and is maintained by the natural bright acidity of the variety.
Winery Block, Ceres Hill Vineyard
2015 saw good ripening conditions for the Barbera. The grapes were hand picked at full ripeness and fermented under cool conditions using cultured aromatic yeast. The wine was placed in a mixture of one year old American and new French oak barriques where it matured for 20 months prior to bottling. This wine will age well due to the high acidity however can also be enjoyed now.