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New Margan release takes vintage Vermouth to a whole new level

There’s a new Hunter Valley Vermouth on the block and it’s promising to send taste buds around the world singing. 

The new Margan Off-Sweet Vermouth is a unique, single-variety off-sweet vintage Vermouth made with a mix of 24 aromatics, almost all of which were grown in the renowned Margan Restaurant’s one-acre kitchen garden. Semillon-based, the Vermouth is the product of 50-year-old Margan vines from a single vineyard and vintage (2016), with both the spirit and base wine coming off the Semillon foundation.  

It’s the second Vermouth offering from the award-winning Broke-Fordwich Margan Wines. The original, released last year, was the world’s first single vineyard, single vintage Semillon Vermouth, quickly climbing to cult status among discerning Vermouth drinkers. The new off-sweet version is the second collaboration between Andrew Margan and his 25-year-old son bar co-owner of Maybe Mae, Ollie.  

Andrew said this year’s release featured some distinguishing new flavours. ‘The Off-Sweet comes from the same base as the off-dry, but has additional botanicals and pomegranate molasses to increase the sweetness,’ he said.  

‘We aged it in small barrels previously used for red wine storage. It’s perfect for Negronis!’ 

As Vermouth continues to gain significant momentum in the international bar scene, Margan Vermouth is moving from strength to strength, with its unique botanicals and flavours putting it in its own category among its international class. To celebrate the Off-Sweet Vermouth release, Ollie, winner of The Perfect Blend by Beam Suntory- Professional Category, has developed the ‘Affinity Cocktail’ – a distinctive blend of Off-Sweet Vermouth, Off-Dry Vermouth and Australian Whisky. 

‘Developing our second Vermouth has been a fantastic creative process and the result is a product that stands alone in its class,’ Ollie said. 

‘And it really comes in to its own in the delicious Affinity Cocktail!’ 

MARGAN VERMOUTH 2016 Off-Dry & Off-Sweet 750ml is $50 RRP from the Margan Cellar Door, or online at 

Well, we now know what our go-to Friday cocktail will be - cheers!

Australia’s Top Restaurants for 2017 revealed

Brae was named number one restaurant in Australia at The Australian Financial Review Australia’s Top Restaurants, presented by Qantas, on 19 June. Chef/owner Dan Hunter received further accolades, also taking out the ‘Australia’s Top Chef’ award. 

The 2017 list also sees more appreciation for regional restaurants across the board, with a total of fourteen restaurants in the top 100 located outside capital cities.  

Congratulations to Hunter Valley based chef / owner Troy Rhoades-Brown and Muse Restaurant team for making this year's covetable list amongst the country's best.  Troy was recently awarded this year's Hunter Culinary Association 'Industry Person of Excellence' award at this year's Food Fight on June 6 for his outstanding contribution to the Hunter region's culinary industry - well done!

The 2017 Top 100 restaurants were revealed at a Gala Awards ceremony held at The Star Sydney, featuring food from some of its best restaurants, including Balla, Black, Momofuku Seiobo, and Sokyo. Now in its third year, The Australian Financial Review Australia’s Top Restaurants is the only national restaurant awards program of its kind decided by the votes of the chefs and restaurateurs themselves.

The Australian Financial Review Australia’s Top Restaurants was launched in 2015. The overall list of Australia’s top 500 restaurants is first compiled by directors Terry Durack and Jill Dupleix in conjunction with an Australia-wide panel of Good Food Guide editors, reviewers and industry experts. These restaurants form an academy of voters, with each restaurant asked to nominate their top ten restaurants from the list of 500. It’s these votes that decide Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants, as well as Australia’s Top Chef and the Qantas Top Service Team.

Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants for 2017:

1              Brae, Birregurra VIC
2              Attica, VIC
3              Ester, NSW
4              Sixpenny, NSW
5              Sepia, NSW
6              Franklin, TAS
7              Tipo00, VIC
8              Embla, VIC
9              Automata, NSW
10           Restaurant Hubert, NSW
11           Saint Peter, NSW
12           Igni, Geelong, VIC
13           Momofuku Seiobo, NSW
14           Bennelong, NSW
15           Flower Drum, VIC
16           Supernormal. VIC
17           Fleet, Brunswick Heads, NSW
18           Mr Wong, NSW
19           The Bridge Room, NSW
20           Quay, NSW
21           Firedoor, NSW
22           LuMi Bar & Dining, NSW
23           Fred’s, NSW
24           Tetsuya’s, NSW
25           Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, VIC
26           Bentley Restaurant & Bar, NSW
27           Billy Kwong, NSW
28           Cutler & Co, VIC
29           Africola, SA
30           Cumulus Inc., VIC
31           Orana, SA
32           Vue de Monde, VIC
33           Fratelli Paradiso, NSW
34           Biota Dining, Bowral, NSW
35           MoVida, VIC
36           est., NSW
37           The Apollo, NSW
38           Lee Ho Fook, VIC
39           Ormeggio at the Spit, NSW
40           Oscillate Wildly, NSW
41           The Town Mouse, VIC
42           10 William St, NSW
43           Minamishima, VIC
44           Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, NSW
45           France-Soir, VIC
46           ACME, NSW
47           Cafe Di Stasio, VIC
48           Wasabi Restaurant & Bar, Noosa Sound, QLD
49           Bar Liberty, VIC
50           Anchovy, VIC
51           Chin Chin, VIC
52           Magill Estate Restaurant, Magill, SA
53           LP’s Quality Meats, NSW
54           Lume, VIC
55           Estelle by Scott Pickett, VIC
56           Pilu at Freshwater, NSW
57           Bar Lourinha, VIC
58           Gerard’s Bistro, QLD
59           Ides, VIC
60           Wildflower, WA
61           Golden Century, NSW
62           Provenance, Beechworth, VIC
63           Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, NSW
64           Bar Brose, NSW
65           Lake House, Daylesford, VIC
66           Templo, TAS
67           Sean’s Panaroma, NSW
68           Cirrus Dining, NSW
69           Paper Daisy, Cabarita Beach, NSW
70           Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield, SA
71           Fino at Seppeltsfield, Seppeltsfield, SA
72           Porteno, NSW
73           Ezard, VIC
74           Lulu La Delizia, WA
75           Long Chim, Sydney, NSW
76           Tonka, VIC
77           Pope Joan, VIC
78           Il Bacaro, VIC
79           Tulum, VIC
80           Botanic Gardens Restaurant, SA
81           Marion, VIC
82           Vasse Felix Restaurant, Margaret River, WA
83           Long Chim, Perth, WA
84           esquire, QLD
85           Bread in Common, Fremantle, WA
86           Stokehouse, Melbourne, VIC
87           French Saloon, VIC
88           Amaru, VIC
89           Aubergine, ACT
90           Monster Kitchen & Bar, ACT
91           Aria, Sydney, NSW
92           Spice Temple, Sydney, NSW
93           Muse Restaurant, Pokolbin, NSW
94           Continental Deli Bar Bistro, NSW
95           Saint Crispin, VIC
96           Grossi Florentino Upstairs, VIC
97           Stanbuli, NSW
98           Lucio’s, NSW
99           Dainty Sichuan, South Yarra, VIC
100         Nu Nu, Palm Cove, QLD

Image credit: Muse Restaurant.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: THE AUSTRALIAN Margan hen’s egg, Jerusalem artichoke and celeriac

Excited to see our client Margan Estate featured in The Australian today. Our team worked with John Lethlean and Margan's head chef Thomas Boyd to pull this feature story together for 'Flavour of the month'. This dish truly showcases Margan and its simplistic agri-dining focus.  Thank you to our talented photographer Dominique Cherry for capturing this story so beautifully.

Read the full interview in The Australian here.