Original Review: This is The Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled eight years from vintage date, in November, 2014.
In the glass: Magenta black, opaque right to the edge.
On the nose: Deep and tangy bright blackberries. Seems like it will pack a punch with bright flavors and plenty of darkness.
On the palate: Bright berries, plenty of tangy acids, with a clean wash of fresh laundry aromas. Builds with acids and black fruit in your cheeks as it moves to a clean finish.
In summary: Three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
Jay Miller of The Wine Advocate awarded 92 points and said, "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"
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