2018 d’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier
Matured in old French oak for 10 months. Dense inky black heart with a very deep dark red black hue. Wafting out of the glass are potent scents of ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark chocolate followed by some vanillin oak, earth and faint spicy dried apricot notes. Rich blackberry, liquorice and dark plum fruits meld into a back drop of earth, vanillin cedar and spice. Bright underlying acidity and slightly drying tannins provide the framework. Ripe yet savoury mid length conclusion.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
One of the modern classics for d’Arenberg, this is fermented with a high proportion of lightly pressed viognier skins and then has shiraz added late in the elevate to tone the viognier influence into balance. The aromas are fresh, richly spicy and lead by exuberantly ripe blackberries and dark plums with toasted spices and meaty elements. The palate has such richness and exotic, powerful tannins carry ripe dark plums and berries long and deep. Impressive depth and composure. Drink over the next decade. Screw cap.