2023 Margan Breaking Ground Barbera

The Hunter's original Barbera, and still the best!

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Barbera and the Hunter Valley, not a synonymous regional/varietal combination. Yet the Margan family decided to push some boundaries and were the first to plant the varietal in the Hunter just before the turn of the century.

Despite its cool-climate origins, Barbera’s ability to retain its acidity, allows it to reach full ripeness, without losing its integrity and balance. This wine looks good, sweeter spectrum red berries, nice tannin, acid balance.

Bravo to the Margans for adapting to the times and changing global climate, and to Ollie as well, for producing a wine of finesse and balance.

2023 Notes:
Harvested from the sandier end of the block, the nutritional deficiency these vines suffer compared to the more clay heavy end results in a much smaller yield, with smaller bunches and berries. Extended time on skins and a small amount (15%) of whole cluster during fermentation yields greater concentration in the finished wine. Elevage in seasoned French oak puncheons occurs for 6 months before racking to bottle without any filtrations or additives other than sulphur.

Tasting Notes:
Aroma - Slight reduction and lifted purple fruit on the nose.
Colour - Darker spectrum than the vintage conditions would suggest.
Palate - Nose follows through on the palate with trademark Barbera acidity and a grip of amaro like tannin on the finish.

Breaking Ground is the initiative of 3rd generation grower/maker Ollie Margan (Ba. Viticulture & Oenology Adelaide University). Growing up around the inception of Margan Wines in 1997, viticulture was something he learnt from an early age. From the age of 15 he started working harvest in the winery and has now completed 17 vintages in total. The fruit for this range is sourced from distinctive parcels within the 100-hectare family holdings. The resultant wines are reflective of Ollie’s time spent at home on the family farm, but also experience gained from working in other regions such as Central Otago, Bordeaux and the Adelaide Hills. The Margan house style has always centred on showcasing the vineyard, eliciting a sense of place and speaking true of variety. The Breaking Ground range does not deviate from this mission statement. Where it perhaps differs, is in its pursuit for liveliness and spark. Slightly earlier picks, indigenous yeast and an earlier release, yield wines that favour approachability and refreshment in their youth. Not to say these wines aren’t to be taken seriously, rather they present a slightly different approach in the winery; one of less control and dictation.

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