MARGAN BREAKING GROUND ALBARINO 2021
HUNTER VALLEY, NSW
PEAR VIBRANT CONCRETE
CLASSIC / SUSTAINABLE / 750ML
Produced and polished by the magnificent Ollie Margan in Broke Fordwich. An electric white wine offering cut pear, fresh botanicals and enforcing acidity. An exciting step forward for the Margan Family and their wines.
From the Producer: It seemed like the acidity of the Alby this year was never going to soften below verjuice level, but patience prevailed. Four-ish days on skins until indigenous fermentation kicked off. Pressed to ‘Cleopatra’, our Nico Velo truncated concrete tank. Rack and returned; rested on fine lees for four months. The concrete really enhanced the tension in the wine by tightening up the dry extracts derived from the period on skins. Bright aromatics and juicy orchard fruit mid palate. Unfined/unfiltered.
I particularly wanted to craft wines with texture and energy and place emphasis on echoing the dolorite rich volcanic soils of Broke Fordwich, Wonnarua country where my family has been growing grapes and making wine for more than 25 years. This unique sub region of the Hunter Valley is defined by the Fordwich Sill, which provides a strong buffering capacity due to enriched ionic concentration in the soil. In short, flavour is able to develop in full, without the sacrifice of acidity.
These wines favour vineyard personality over technical precision. Artifice is eschewed almost entirely, used simply to frame the distinctive fruit profile of our sites. We are extremely proud of our 100 hectares of self-managed, sustainably certified vines and these wines intend to provide a lens for our love of farming and gentle hand in the winery.
-OLLIE MARGAN, 3rd Generation Grape Grower
MOUNT EDWARD CLOCKWORK ORANGE ALBARINO 2016
CENTRAL OTAGO, NEW ZEALAND
PITH GRIT EVOLVING
SKIN CONTACT / ORGANIC / 750ML
Evolved tannin that forces you to feel your teeth, pithy with notes of heavily steeped herbal tea.
From the Producer: Clockwork is always a wine based around texture, a wine that has skin contact as its core and in that family of wines known as ‘orange’ wine. A style that owes its origins to Georgia, possibly the oldest wine region in the world. Clockwork gains its texture from its time fermenting and maturing on skins, in 2016 a blend based around albarino, though including some riesling and chenin, with an average time on skins being 8 months. The varieties used produced a lighter style of orange wine than previous, more gateway than all in orange, a great intro to this style.
We are Bio gro certified organic, owning all our fruit across 5 estate vineyards, all in Central Otago, collectively producing wines of provenance and pleasure alike
We enjoy breaking new ground, the first in New Zealand to make vermouth, have wine on tap, early adopters of skin contact and minimal sulphur, we continue to seek out the unique. Our choices, style and techniques reflect, we believe, a growing demand for individual and authentic wine.
Traditional winemaking, a healthy regard to science, all without a rulebook telling us what to do or how to look. The less you do the better the wine is a truism that guides us via minimal intervention such as no fining, filtration, aids or additives.
Our motto, Grow your Own Way, is with a care to all around you, surround yourself with people who think the same and enjoy yourselves.