Totally opaque black purple colour with deep black purple hue. Superb nose of blackberry, liquorice, spice and violets with an apricot end note. The palate is drier than expected, with fine chalky tannins supporting a firmish palate structure of apricot, black pepper, white pepper and chocolate flavours. A rather tight wine at this stage. Long aftertaste of white pepper and chocolate.
Cellar 4-5 years (2010-2011)
One of the most successful offerings in d’Arenberg’s portfolio is the impressive 2004 The Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier (94% of the former and 6% of the latter). Not surprisingly, this is a flamboyant, exuberant, deep ruby/purple-colored effort exhibiting plenty of sweet blackberry and cassis intermixed with touches of marmalade and honeysuckle. Nearly over the top, it should drink well for 7-8 years.
Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
Deeply coloured; strong black fruit aromas are lifted by the Viognier component; a rich tapestry of dense, dark fruits has swallowed up the oak.
"James Halliday - 2007 Australian Wine Companion"