|BIG and full-bodied from the Hunter Valley for
a special-occasion dinner of roast duck,
or venison in a red wine sauce.
ONE TO NOTE: ANOTHER nice big one that'll have you quickly smacking your lips – and particularly so if you've reason for special-occasion dining coming up – is a Margan 2011 Aged Release Shiraz from the Hunter Valley.
Made from fruit off forty year old vines, this exceptional drop had 20 months in French oak barriques after fermentation, and was then bottle aged in Margan's cellars for a further four years.
It means that today it's full-bodied and smooth with varietal white pepper spiciness, and with classic ripe dark-berry, tar and cigar box characteristics of Hunter Shiraz. With its solid tannin structure you can see this one maturing beautifully over the next couple of decades… but if you want to enjoy it now (and its currently $100 a bottle,) match with a special-occasion dinner of roast duck, or venison in a red wine sauce.