Wednesday, 14 October 2015

d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2011

Here's a little piece of wine trivia for you: d'Arenberg were the first in McLaren Vale to blend Shiraz and Viognier.

From the much maligned 2011 vintage, but here's the thing... The fruit was picked before the rain set in so the issue of the wet vintage didn't so much impact the end result as much as everyone would think.

Crushed black pepper, dark berry fruits and plummy, with some air under its wings it opened up a treat. Made in a mixture of old French and American oak for 10 months, it is quite generous and perches itself on the palate well. Savoury herbs and some cured meat add interest as does a dash of spice. Drying and puckering to finish.

Well priced. I'd happily go back for another glass. And I did.

Very good.

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $29 
Source: Sample

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