2015 D'Arenberg Laughing Magpie
The colorful Chester d’Arenberg Osborn has a great sense of humor. This is most obvious in the way that he names his wines.
Laughing Magpie is a family nickname for the Australian Kookaburra bird. It's distinctive call sounds a bit like laughter and it's black and white plumage became inspiration for the Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier blend.
The wine is delicious (mostly from the Shiraz) and aromatic (mostly from the Viognier). It's quite deeply purple and smells of blackberry preserve spiked with flowers and warm spices. The 2009 Laughing Magpie is ripe, has good balance and nice tanins.
This Magpie has been in the bottle long enough that it has softened a bit, but has enough backbone to last in the cellar for a few years. Critics like the 2009 Laughing Magpie, sprinkling it with gold medals, several 91's and a 92.
2015 was a beautifully balanced year, and this wine has all its components in harmony. The Shiraz provides both black and red fruits, dark earthy notes, spice and fennel whilst the Viognier compliments this with floral, gingery and apricot highlights.
James Suckling 93
Black and red-licorice aromas with hints of graphite and dark berries. Crushed stone. Full-bodied, layered and beautiful. Very stylish and intense.
Wine & Spirits 90
Chester Osborn’s tribute to the kookaburra, a black bird with a white stripe, the Laughing Magpie blends some white grapes (viognier) in the fermenter with shiraz. That viognier points up the spicy perfume as well as the tannic weight of the shiraz, a bloody, meaty, iron-bound combination that’s rich and savory. Cellar it.
Australia, McLaren Vale
94% Shiraz, 6% Viognier
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