2021 Margan Breaking Ground Albarino

A brightly aromatic and textured take on Albarino, a varietal well-suited to the Hunter Valley climes.

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Originally from the north-west coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Albarino is well suited to the warm, maritime climate of the Hunter Valley. Planted around 2014 by the Margan family, these vines are now mature enough to showcase the unique terroir of their estate vineyard.

Left on skins for a few days till the ferment kicked itself off, the resultant wine is full of lovely orchard fruit, and bright juicy aromatics, with great phenolic tension from the time on skins.

Texture is the by-line here, crunchy, mid-weight wine, with interest, and a point of difference; sign me up.


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. Unfined/unfiltered.

94 Points - "Ollie Margan does Breaking Ground and gets to push boundaries with the family farm fruit. Here, natural ferment with four days on skins for the albarino, and ferment in concrete tank too. Unfined/unfiltered. This is a more adventurous and successful step with this variety at Margan.Great, textural white. Length, tension, powdery mouth-feel and general electricity. Perfume is green herbs, nashi pear and sandalwood. Flavours nashi pear, lime juice and an intangible feel of mixed, liquid minerals coursing over the tongue. Holds shape beautifully, finishes with verjuice like acidity and a lick of spice. Understated, subtle but a serious white, pent up, intriguing and delicious. And I bet great over ten to fifteen years." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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