Picked from our Merlot vines which are on their own roots and grown on the red volcanic soil of Broke. From the outstanding 2011 vintage. The fruit was cool fermented to preserve primary fruit characters and pressed to 1 and 2 year old French and American oak hogsheads to undergo malolactic fermentation. The result is a fruit driven softer style of wine with subtle integrated oak. An excellent example of an early drinking style of wine displaying plenty of vibrant fruit and a soft finish.
- NSW - Hunter Valley
- New South Wales
Medium red-purple; a wine that inevitably says more about the climate/terroir in which the grapes are grown than the variety, but the merlot has been given the best chance by the deliberate choice of used oak (and the vintage). As long as varietal character is not seen as the determinant of quality, this is a very handy wine. Rating 91 - Drink by 2021 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (JUL/2013)
Fighting mildew for the whole growing season and a couple of pretty severe thunderstorms ripping a lot of the leaf canopy away – and some of the fruit as well – hardly seems an ideal start to making what’s turned out to be an excellent wine.
But that’s what happened to Andrew Margan on his vineyard at Broke in the NSW Hunter Valley in 2011, and he says those adversities in fact led to fruit he subsequently harvested having great concentration of flavour, tannins and colour that’s been reflected in his 2011 Margan Merlot. And interestingly the vines for this wine were grown on their own roots, rather than being grafted – something he says local sceptics shook their heads about, but which he says he’s glad he did and has been well-rewarded by. His 2011 is a marvelous Merlot that’s got a fresh, fruit-driven palate with forward plum and mulberry flavours and quite delicate spice. It’s one to enjoy young or for a bit of cellaring to develop earthy regional Hunter complexity.
David Ellis (APR/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
This merlot is characterised by lifted aromas of violets and raspberries.
It has a fresh, fruit driven palate, with plums and mulberries and delicate spice. Minimum oak maturation has ensured subtle oak integration with hints of vanillin oak and soft silky tannins. The wine is beautifully balanced to enjoy while fresh and youthful.
Mid-term cellaring will reward with earthy, regional Hunter Valley complexities.