D’arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Maclaren Vale, VT
$142.04 / case(6)
The name the kookaburra is a native australian bird famous for its distinctive laughing call chester’s young daughters named them ‘laughing magpies’. The magpie plumage is black with a stripe of white feathers representing mclaren vale’s first ever blend combining the (black) shiraz and its white partner viognier. The vintage great winter rains set the vines up well last year followed by a very dry spring and summer with no heatwaves. The initial fruit development was fantastic the first white grapes to be picked showed incredible levels of natural acidity coupled with good fruit ripeness unlike anything we’ve seen for a long time. Just prior to picking the first red grapes there was three days of reasonably high temperatures which accelerated sugar ripening and meant the winery was filled in record time. A lot of the red grapes from that period are particularly rich with intense tannin and dark fruit characters – a great vintage for reds and whites alike. The winemaking s
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