Margan Family 2017 White Label Cabernet Sauvignon
Whilst far from a newcomer to the Australian wine scene, Cabernet Sauvignon is not widely seen in the Hunter. This new release from Andrew and Lisa Margan is a cracker. A pioneer of alternative varieties Barbera and Albariño in the Hunter, Andrew has had a Cabernet in his portfolio since 1997, when he first started his own label. That wine was produced from an old local vineyard planted in the 1950s with a rare Cabernet clone, which grows unusually well in the Hunter. The valuable vines have since been propagated and replanted in the Saxonvale vineyard, which had itself produced some great old Cabernets in the past. So an impressive pedigree for a wine that was awarded the trophy for best non- Shiraz red at last year’s Hunter Show. It hits all the right notes – cassis, cigar box, tomato leaf, with firm tannins and a lingering acidity that will see it delight crowds for years to come. The hugely awarded Margan cellar door and restaurant in Broke are also unmissable Valley highlights.
RRP: $50 | www.margan.com.au
More unusual varieties from the Hunter:
Audrey Wilkinson Winemaker’s Selection Malbec 2017
David Hook 2018 Pinot Grigio
Hungerford Hill 2017 Fiano
Briar Ridge 2018 Albarino