Monday 1 June 2009



david ellis

MARGAN Family Winemakers in the Hunter valley have just released their 2007 single vineyard White Label Semillon, a drop that's classic Hunter Semillon down to its bootstraps.

The company's White Label wines have never failed to appeal to true aficionados, being made in quite limited volumes from only those vintages that winemaker, Andrew Margan deem to be "just right" – in this case dry and hot with the fruit picked at low baume to create that classic Hunter-style Semillon.

And interestingly while the majority of Margan's White Label wines come from single vineyards in the volcanic Broke Fordwich area, this one was sourced from the 70 year old dry-land Belford Vineyard in the more alluvial creek country of Belford a little distance away.

It is a wonderfully smooth and easy-drinking wine with fine citrus flavours upfront, and in traditional Lower Hunter fashion displays a lemon butter softness and crisp acidity to ensure longevity.

It's only available from cellar door or mail order ( or 02 6579 1317) and select restaurants; at $30 its worth the phone call to buy by the case – put half away for super-enjoyment in five or six years, and savour the rest now with pan-fried white fish fillets or a creamy chicken pasta.

ONE FOR LUNCH: WE'VE long held a passion for Indian food and a good Rosé, and one of the best Rosés we've shared of late at our local Indian eatery is Rolling Wines' 2009 Rolling Pink.

Winemaker Debbie Lauritz used 100 per cent Shiraz from the company's cool, high-altitude vineyards at Orange in NSW for this wine that has lifted berry fruit charters and Shiraz spiciness, without too much tannin. At $17.95 take a couple along to your local Indian restaurant for a most-memorable evening.



[] THINK by the case: half for now, half for five years down the track

[] ROLL-up the fruit-forwardness of this Rosé with the flavours of India

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