A blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Viognier.
The intense aroma is young and forthright, offering a floral mix of peach stone, jasmine and
dark maraschino cherries complexed by star anise, white pepper, black olives and fragrant
garden herbs. The palate is full flavored, with beets, blueberries and red cherries and lovely
cedary notes that compliment the black tea tannins and edgy mineral acidity.
"Shiraz-Viognier blends have become quite the ticket in recent years (what to do with all that so-so Viognier) but one of the first and still one of the best is the Laughing Magpie. The opaque purple-colored 2007 The Laughing Magpie Shiraz (90%)-Viognier (10%) offers up an expressive bouquet of smoke, mineral, violets, and wild blueberry. Medium-to full-bodied on the palate, it has tons of ripe blue fruits, spice notes, and enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. This lengthy, pleasure-bent effort will be at its best from 2010 to 2020."
The Wine Advocate
"Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Exotically perfumed, sexy bouquet of blackberry and mulberry, along with fresh flowers and incense."
International Wine Cellar