2010 The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier
100% McLaren Vale - Shiraz (92%), Viognier (8%)
The Story Behind The Name
The vineyards and bushland that surround the d’Arenberg winery are home to the native Australian bird, the Kookaburra, famous for its distinctive laughing call. Much to the amusement of the family, Chester Osborn’s daughters, Alicia and Ruby, named two wild Kookaburras who regularly visited their house the “Laughing Magpies”. The Magpie plumage is black with a stripe of white feathers and bears no resemblance to its famous cousin, but to this day the name has stuck. The Osborn’s thought the name was a good choice for McLaren Vale’s first ever Shiraz Viognier blend combining the (black) Shiraz and its white partner, Viognier.
2010 is touted by many as an absolute classic McLaren Vale vintage for Shiraz.
The Laughing Magpie, when tasted in early 2014 would appear to confirm this. The wine has an enticing mix of primary fruit characters entwined with the first hints of moreish secondary nuances.
There is an enormous concentration of blackberry and blackcurrant on the nose and palate, a whiff of flowers, ginger and stone fruit that we can attribute to the Viognier and depth is built through more savoury notes of fennel, fresh leather and cedar.