Friday, 19 December 2014

d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2010

d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2010

What can Viognier add to a warm climate Shiraz? Well it really depends on how the winemaker manages it. I have tasted a large amount where the Viognier has added texture and a massive apricot flavour. This wine has the added textural element but it doesn't have the apricot character which means it tastes better and more balanced. At the moment there is a little disconnect between the two varieties but I think that will work itself out with a bit of extra time in the bottle.  The Shiraz red berry fruits and the earthiness are masked by the textural element of the Viognier yet the medium bodied flavours sit on a very long palate length. All of this is easy to drink and feels more refined than a 30 dollar wine. Very narse.

Alcohol: 13.9%
Price: $30
Rated: 90
Drink: 2017 +

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