d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2011


SKU 12839


A dark, complex nose, highlighted with a twist of peppery spice and a subtle undertone of apricot and florals from the Viognier. The palate is similarly dominated by the dark and brooding Shiraz. Fennel, cured meat and beetroot like flavours combine initially but over time some of the more savoury and closed notes lift, revealing the fruit sweetness that lies beneath; plums, blackberry and dark cherry. The palate is rich and generous and the tannins have a certain silkiness to them. An exotic, mysterious wine that, in youth, will benefit enormously from a liberal dose of air through decanting.
Category Red Wine
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Appellation McLaren Vale
Brand d'Arenberg
Alcohol/vol 14.2%
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Wine AdvocateMedium to deep garnet/purple, the 2011 The Laughing Magpie Shiraz / Viognier has intense aromas of cherries, black raspberries and plums with hints of roses, cedar and underbrush. Medium-bodied, it is open and accessible with good expression of red and black fruit with chewy tannins and some pepper in the medium to long finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, August 2015

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