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2005 d'Arenberg "Laughing Magpie" Shiraz-Viognier McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1027897 94 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark Warm, dark fruits, with licorice and plum added to the usual blackberry and dark chocolate; medium- to full-bodied, very complex, and multi-layered texture; ripe, balanced tannins. Inner quote mark (1/2007)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Year in and year out, one of the most exotic, flamboyant, and sexiest cuvees in the d’Arenberg portfolio is The Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier. The 2005 exhibits a spring flower garden-like character interwoven with blackberries, creme de cassis, melted licorice, and sweet, toasty new oak. Opulent and voluptuous, with silky tannin, and a plump, fleshy, rich, full-bodied personality... (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2006)

K&L Notes

The Laughing Magpie is a style that has its roots in the Rhône Valley's Côte-Rôtie, where Viognier is grown alongside Syrah in the vineyards, then picked and vinified with it to create a highly perfumed red wine. d'Arenberg has produced its own variation on this marriage of red and white grapes with a uniquely McLaren Vale twist. It's a wine with a fragrance of flowers combined with ripe, spicy fruit characteristics.


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