Margan 2022 Ceres Hill Albarino
Planted in 2014 on the sandy loam soil of the Ceres Hill property. Andrew Margan was the first to plant this white variety in the Hunter Valley. Albariño originates from Rías Baixas in the Galician region of North West Spain. Like the Hunter, this region is classified as warm maritime and its wines are low in alcohol and acid focused, typical of Hunter Valley whites. The wine is characterized by its high natural acidity, minerality and zesty fruit.
The slightly longer ripening period this year resulted in greater flavour development whilst the cool weather allowed for the preservation of natural acidity. The hand picked grapes had exceptionally high natural acidity. Fermented in a combination of concrete and stainless-steel tanks, as well as seasoned French oak puncheons (500L) using a small volume of solids and wild yeasts to achieve more savoury aromatics. Extended lees contact post fermentation resulted in a textural complex wine.