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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2006
d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2006
(search item no. 91390)
screw cap wine
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $22.99

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
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 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:

The vineyards and bushland that surround the d'Arenberg winery are home to a unique native Australian bird, the Kookaburra, famous for its distinctive laughing call. Winemaker Chester Osborn's daughters named their two wild pet Kookaburras the "Laughing Magpies." The Magpie plumage is black with a stripe of white feathers and bears no resemblance to its famous cousin, but the name has stuck as it is the perfect choice for McLaren Vale's first ever Shiraz (black)/ Viognier (white) blend.

The wine has a dark, saturated appearance with a violet-crimson hue. Maraschino cherries, spiced fruit peel, ginger and apricot stones are apparent on the nose, with black tea, olive and tarry notes appearing as the wine opens up. The palate is soft and generous, showing juicy flavors of blueberries, ribena, cherries and dark chocolate. Tea-like tannins are abundant and combine with defined acidity to provide structure and length. The long, refined finish reveals this wine's aging potential.

"Rich, velvety, luscious fruit flavours saying more about McLaren Vale than viognier; chocolate rather than apricot; however, no niggles about the wine."
-James Halliday

"The 2006 The Laughing Magpie is composed of 94% Shiraz and 6% Viognier. Deep crimson/violet in color, it offers up notes of cherry, ginger, black tea, tar, and blueberry. Medium to full-bodied, layered flavors of cherry, blueberry, and dark chocolate make an appearance accompanied by ripe tannin and excellent concentration leading to a long, refined finish. It will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring and drink well through 2020."
-Wine Advocate

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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.