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d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2012 Wine Review

d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2012

d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2012

Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 7

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Price: $29.95

Drink: 2017-2021

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.4%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: d'Arenberg

Agent: Churchill Cellars Ltd.

Natalie's Score: 94/100

So damn delicious! Chester Osborn is a crazy genius with big red wines. Small batches of grapes are gently crushed with foot-treading happening on two-thirds of them. Juicy and full-bodied with a savoury, mouth-watering core that goes on forever. Aromas of fleshy black plums. Pair with grilled meats.

Shiraz Viognier food pairings: rare rib steak, grilled lamb chops, roast of pork.

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This d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2012 was reviewed on May 12, 2018 by Natalie MacLean

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Pricing & Stock Information

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  • $24.98 
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Reviews and Ratings

Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

A Shiraz-Viognier blend from Mclaren Vale, S Australia. Dark garnet with highly fragrant raspberry/blackberry jam aromatics. Plum, raspberry, sweet spice and cedar on mouth-watering palate. Delicious to last the drop! Multiple gold medal-winner and it's easy to see why. Enjoy with your next steak or roast duck.
Tasted May 2017
Perry rated this wine as 90/100
Wineboy rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

This isn't the best vintage for this wine. Tight young tannins, Overly oaked for the level of fruit. Although having loved earlier vintages of this wine, this one is not a $30 wine in my mind.
Carole Bourdages rated this wine as 85/100 with the following review:

The Laughing Magpie 2012, a Shiraz and Viognier blend, delivers earthy and prune aromas as well as a touch of oak. It is a powerful full-bodied dry red with a hint of residual sugar, fresh acidity and firm tannins. After letting it breathe for 30 minutes in a carafe, the tannins were much smoother and allowed to better taste the prune, fig and pepper flavors. Still young, this wine can be cellared for a few years.
Pairing suggestions: BBQ ribs
d'Arenberg's The Laughing Magpie (2012) 936971 is a South Australian Shiraz, Viognier red wine blend from the McLaren Vale. The Laughing Magpie (Kookaburra) is a native Australian bird famous for its distinctive laughing call. This full-bodied red wine is a blend of 6% co-fermented Viognier grapes with the Shiraz and the wine is fragrant and lifted. It was then matured in 50% French and American oak for 20 months. Drink now and for the next 10 years. - Community Wine Reviews

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