2023 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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Sale price$32.00
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In stock, ready to ship, only 3 units left

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Description

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.

93 points
"This is the best albarino I have tried in Australia, year on year. There, I said it...It delivers texture, vibrancy, a saline. thirst-slaking minerality, nuance of nutty savouriness and a core of concentrated, vibrant, just-ripe fruit spectrum flavours and aromas... Wonderful drinking."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

2023 Notes:
Two picks; early pick direct pressed to a combination of concrete and old French oak 500L puncheons on solids. Late pick fermented on skins to dryness (7 days), both fermented via ambient yeast. Components blended and rested on lees for 4 months. Racked once, sulphured. Bottled without fining, filtration or pH adjustment.

Tasting Notes:
Colour - Bright, fresh stone fruit on the nose, with a grapefruit oil twang
Palate - Textural with salted peach pith and apricot kernel bitterness. Chewy and salty with bright acidity. Good now, will age well.

Technical:
Alcohol - 12.4%
pH - 3.35
TA - 8.3g/L

Vineyard
Ceres Hill Vineyard (planted 2014) – alluvial river flat, high silica content. No inorganic herbicide or molecular fertiliser since 2016.

93 Points - "This is the best albarino I have tried in Australia, year on year. There, I said it. Ollie Margan at the helm. It delivers texture, vibrancy, a saline. thirst-slaking minerality, nuance of nutty savouriness and a core of concentrated, vibrant, just-ripe fruit spectrum flavours and aromas. It’s pretty in perfume, green almond, nashi pear, tonic water and sea spray, the palate doing a similar trick with a slick to texture, an almost brittle trill of saline, briny liveliness, that slip of the green almond from the bouquet, finishing the wine pleasingly bitter and fresh. Perhaps just a touch cloying to go next level, but forgivable in the general gist. Wonderful drinking." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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