d’Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2011

The Laughing Magpie from d’Arenberg is a blend of 90% shiraz and 10% viognier.  Before tasting, I was worried the viognier portion could be a little over-generous on the numbers, but in the glass it’s really well handled.  Frankly not missing a beat despite the tough year, the 2011 Laughing Magpie has aromatics of baked plums and tomato bush.  The palate sees plummy flavours and good length and intensity.  Experienced hands at work here.

Rating: Good
Abv: 14.2%
Price: $29
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://darenberg.com.au
Tasted: 2015

Published by Sean Mitchell

Grapeobserver.com is an independent wine journal. Written since 2009, it is authored by Sean Mitchell Dip WSET. On matters of wine, Sean is a current Master of Wine student, a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) diploma holder, a certified WSET educator, a past WSET scholarship winner and has written for various other wine related publications.

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