Margan 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon (Hunter Valley)
This Cab seems narrow and kind of mainstream at first, but really blooms after a few minutes in the glass. Has menthol and carob accents on the nose, with a sweet-plum core of flavor. Blankets the tongue with textured tannins. Imported by Southern Starz, Inc.
Margan 2005 Saignée Rosé Shiraz (Hunter Valley)
One of the better Oz rosés I’ve had lately. It’s fairly dark in color, with deep black cherry and raspberry flavors and aromas. It’s medium-full in size, with a dry, minerally feel. Perfect for those warm days that you spend on the deck grilling up a storm. Imported by Southern Starz, Inc.
Margan 1999 Verdelho (Hunter Valley)
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Margan 2001 Verdelho (Hunter Valley)
Floral aromas—particularly honeysuckle—are complemented by sweet peaches and pears. But it’s not all about fruit, there’s a minerally streak of lime or chalk that runs through the flavors. A laser-like beam of lemony acidity offsets a rich, thick mouthfeel.
Margan 2009 Semillon (Hunter Valley)
With a flinty edge to its lemon-lime aromas and an indescribable stone-dust component to its flavors, this is an intriguing medium-bodied Semillon that finishes with laser-like precision. Drink now–2020, by which time it will have developed honey and toast characters.
Margan 2003 Merlot (Hunter Valley)
I like this wine for what it isn’t—brash or sweet. Tannins are smooth and manageable, with mushroom and stable notes accenting firm plum and cherry flavors. A little soft on the palate, with a bite of herb at the finish, but it’s nearly as enjoyable as the winery’s excellent Cabernet. Imported by Southern Starz, Inc.
Margan 2000 Semillon (Hunter Valley)
This is a lush, immediately approachable style of Sémillon, one that puts the focus on vanilla, cream and smoke aromas and sweet peach flavors, yet still finishes lemony and long. Drink now. Best Buy.
Margan 2006 Shiraz (Hunter Valley)
An interesting style of Shiraz, the 2006 Margan combines dark fruit flavors—black cherries, cola and chocolate—with crisp, almost lemony, acids. Hints of eucalyptus and cedar add extra complexity. Tannins are soft. Drink now–2012.