2007 D'Arenberg Shiraz/Viognier "The Laughing Magpie"
McLaren Vale, Australia
WB Rating: 87

Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $18.59 (Costco)
Type: Shiraz
Principal varietal(s): 90% Shiraz, 10% Viognier

Unusual, highly aromatic nose combining savory and spicy floral components with cherry and cranberry fruit, smoked meat, and pepper. Very tart feeling - almost shrill - in the mouth and finish. Some may find this wine more compelling than I did. In any case, a few more years to mellow out wouldn't hurt. - HK 2011-08-15


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