Variety: Shiraz Viognier
Retail Price Per Bottle: $29.00
750mL - 14.5% Alc.
THE LAUGHING MAGPIE 2015
The Kookaburra is a native Australian bird famous for its distinctive laughing call, Chester's young daughters named them 'Laughing Magpies'. The Magpie plumage is black with a stripe of white feathers, representing McLaren Vale's first ever blend combining the (black) Shiraz and its white partner, Viognier.
The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2015, made during a beautifully balanced year, has all its components in harmony. The nose on this wine benefits from a little air and then just watch the complex array of aromas emerge from the glass. 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. Again, the palate is well balanced. Deep and rich in flavour, long and fine in structure and with an acid line that tightens the whole wine up providing sleek shape and long lingering finish. As with the nose, the palate benefits from time in glass. This is not a punch in the face wine but rather a complex and complete wine, filled with a myriad of subtleties resulting in an experience that is far greater than the sum of the parts. Enjoy the freshness and vibrancy of this wine as a 4 to 5 year old or confidently stow it away in a well-regulated cellar to discover even further layers of complexity.