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d'Arenberg Shiraz/Viognier The Laughing Magpie 2009

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Regional Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Rhone Blend
Syrah
Regional Wineries:
Red Heads Studio

d'Arenberg Shiraz/Viognier The Laughing Magpie 2009 750ML      
Sku: 30031

Upon release d’Arenberg’s The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier has a vivid dark purple colour. The Viognier adds fragrance and the perfume of flowers, nectarines, ginger and herbs, serving to enhance the very ripe spectrum of the Shiraz, namely blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry.

These same characters are also evident on the palate and prevail with a smooth glycerol impact, following through to the mid palate with fruity tannin.. The structure has an accent on fine structure and a gritty long fruit tannin.

After time in bottle the d’Arenberg’s Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier’s flavours should intensify as with other wines from the d’Arenberg stable.

The restrained tannin and acidity will produce a seamless velvety rolling length with age.

Tasting notes
As well as varietal dark fruits and spice, the nosefeatures savory characters of cooked meats, spices and cracked black pepper. The palate is robust and concentrated with great intensity. The fruit is more expressive on the palate with a touch of raspberry, plum, blackcurrant and blueberry with underlying spice and just a hint of savory oak. The mineral silky tannins build nicely on the palate and provide good structure and impressive length.

Rating
"A bright crimson-purple hue; a fragrant bouquet ofspicy red fruits leads into a bright and lively palate, with a delicious tension between the red and black players continuing through to the vibrant finish. It’s easy to forget what a top vintage 2010 was." James Halliday, 95 Points

Wine maker notes
The vineyards and bushland that surround the d’Arenberg winery are home to the native Australian bird, the Kookaburra, famous for its distinctive laughing call. Much to the amusement of the family, Chester Osborn’s daughters, Alicia and Ruby, named two wild Kookaburras who regularly visited their house the “Laughing Magpies”. The Magpie plumage is black with a stripe of white feathers and bears no resemblance to its famous cousin, but to this day the name has stuck. The Osborn’s thought the name was a good choice for McLaren Vale’s first ever Shiraz Viognier blend combining the (black) Shiraz and its white partner, Viognier.

Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Sub-Region: Fleurieu
Appellation: McLaren Vale
Grape Varietal: Syrah,Viognier
Type: Still wine
 
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