Margan Botrytis Semillon 2018 375ml (Hunter Valley, NSW) "...apricot marmalade, honeysuckle, pineapple..."
Like many great things, this one was created accidentally. They started making this dessert style wine back in 1999 mainly because their Semillon vines had bumper yields that year, so they left a block out, unpicked as they literally ran out of tanks in the winery. In the meantime, the grapes became infected with the fungus botrytis cinerea which is the classic ‘noble rot’ responsible for many of the great sweet wines of the world. At the time, Andrew had reservations about making this technical and specialised style, but he went with his intuition, and the finished wine was great. He made it again the next year, this time on purpose and the wine went on to win a trophy for Best Sweet Wine at the Decanter Wine Awards in London. They have made it ever since and it has won more trophies and medals for Margan than any other wine.
"True to the style of classic sweet wines this one has a luscious palate with apricot marmalade, honeysuckle and pineapple. The finish is long and refreshing with citrus notes. It is a beautifully balanced wine."