Margan Family Winery produces a great Shiraz out of Hunter Valley, Australia
July 2003 Purple in colour and of medium density this wine displays a subtle combination of spicy pepper and tar like characters which are typical of Hunter Shiraz. It is well structured and shows great palate length. The wine has soft tannins to allow for early enjoyment however it should continue to develop more complex flavours over the next three years with bottle age. The wine should cellar until at least 2010.
Chicken wings; Italian Sausage; Asiago or Parmesan cheese; Mild Cheddar, Gouda or Swiss; soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert; Jambalaya; pan-blackened Cajun steak; venison; meat lasagna; pasta with carbonara sauce or meat sauce; meat ravioli or tortellini; BBQ or marinated chicken; beef bourguignonne; beef stew; teriyaki steak; filet mignon; grilled or sautéed lamb chops; pot roast; prime rib; grilled steak; grilled vegetables; pork chops; grilled veal chops
Region: Broke Fordwich, Hunter Valley Vineyard: Vere Vineyard
The grapes for this wine were picked from thirty-five year old bush vines growing on the red podsolic clay of our Vere Vineyard. With an average yield of only one tonne per acre the fruit for this wine was intensely concentrated in flavour. Planted within the block is a small amount of old Mouvedre vines which also adds to the complexity of this wine. The grapes were picked at full ripeness and were fermented under cool conditions using cultured aromatic yeast. After fermentation the wine was placed in older oak hogsheads for a period of eight months to allow it to soften and mature without gaining overt oak characters. The wine was bottled in January 2002.