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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2004
d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2004
(search item no. 87486)
green wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vivid dark purple in color. The viognier adds fragrance and the perfume of flowers, nectarines, ginger and herbs, serving to enhance the very ripe spectrum of the shiraz - blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry.

These same characters are also evident on the palate and prevail with a smooth glycerol impact, following through to the mid palate with fruity tannin. The structure has an accent on fine structure and gritty long fruit tannin. After time in bottle the d'Arenberg's Laughing Magpie's flavors should intensify. The restrained tannin and acidity will produce a seamless velvety rolling length with age.

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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.