Margan 2017 Botrytis Semillon
Like many great things, this one was created accidentally. We started making this dessert style wine back in 1999 mainly because our Semillon vines had bumper yields that year, so we left a block out, unpicked as we literally ran out of tanks in the winery. In the meantime, the grapes became infected with the fungus botrytis cinerea which is the classic ‘noble rot’ responsible for many of the great sweet wines of the world. At the time, Andrew had reservations about making this technical and specialised style, but he went with his intuition, and the finished wine was great. He made it again the next year, this time on purpose and the wine went on to win a trophy for Best Sweet Wine at the Decanter Wine Awards in London. We have made it ever since and it has won more trophies and medals for Margan than any other wine.
Why we love it
Most people love this wine because it is a sweet style, but it is not too sweet or cloying. It has hallmark acidity which Hunter Valley Semillon gives which creates a balanced wine with a fresh finish.
True to the style of classic sweet wines this one has a luscious palate with apricot marmalade, honeysuckle and pineapple. The finish is long and refreshing with citrus notes. It is a beautifully balanced wine.
Sweet wines can be versatile as they pair well with savoury foods such as pate and salty cheeses such as a blue. The sweet and savoury provides an interesting contrast. Of course, they are a great way to end a meal as well and this style isn’t too sweet, so it won’t overpower a dessert. Great match with panna cotta, creamy and fruit desserts. Or enjoy chilled, as a stand-alone sweet finish. The acidity ensures it will cellar well for about a decade. The current
Margan Botrytis Semillon has won many awards over the decades. The current release vintage of 2016 has won two trophies and is a great example of the style.
Gold Medal Hunter Valley Wine Show 2019
Trophy Hunter Valley Wine Show 2019
Silver Medal Hunter Valley Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal Hunter Valley Wine Show 2017
Trophy Hunter Valley Wine Show 2017