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Friday, 23 March 2018

d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie 2013

Still scratch the ol' noggin that this $29 wine is released as a 5y old and yet the premium icons ($70) are released at 3. Anyway, primarily Shirazzle (94%) with a little Vajazzle (6%).

Tell-tale vibrancy in glass, the Viognier doing its thing visually and aromatically. Softer aromatics on display, yes it's the red fruit thing going on, with more delicate elements akin to stonefruit. 

Richer, voluptuous, nigh chewy wine on entry. Spiced, good tannin structure, lasting carry of flavour. Latently the darker, plummy fruit comes through further, supplemented with some tapenade. 

It's all more prominent in its form, buoyed by the spice. Looking a good release 91

Tasted on: Tuesday 20th March, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 14.6%
Closure: Screwcap

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