2006 D'Arenberg Shiraz/Viognier "The Laughing Magpie"
McLaren Vale, Australia
WB Rating: 87

Alcohol by volume: 14.9%
Price at time of purchase: $18.99 (Costco)
Type: Shiraz
Principal varietal(s): 94% Shiraz, 6% Viognier

Well-priced Rhone-like blend displaying (despite its alcohol level) a refined structure and feel. Still tightly constructed and a bit closed, but lots of currant and blueberry fruit just beneath the surface. The Viognier adds a touch of floral and spice components to the restrained aromas. Like a lot of Australian wines that I drink too early, I expect this one will open up and become more expressive in a year or two. - HK 2008-10-14


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