Original tasting and review : This is d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2005, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled 10 years from vintage date, in April, 2015. The blend is 94% shiraz and 6% viognier. I liked the 2006 version of Laughing Magpie, but didn't love it when I sampled it some six months ago. This one is a little bit older in heritage and a little bit further aged.
In the glass: Black magenta, opaque from near the edge of the glass.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sweet and succulent black fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be thick and aromatic.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact big and balanced between sweet fruit, vivacious acidity and aromatic berries, with the slightest hint of old world twang. Plenty of alcoholic legs that carry along the fruit. The finish crawls into your cheeks and pulls the sip along to a slow fade.
In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars - almost but not quite touches a plus for potency - on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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