Saturday, 14 May 2011


2005 d'Arenberg 'The Laughing Magpie' Shiraz Viognier

Bought on release, cellared since. Really lifted, plenty of black currants, ribena like almost, some eucalyptus, seriously fresh and vibrant. Palate is lush but not heavy, ripe currants and blackberries, smooth, doesn't feel like 15% abv at all. Fantastic mouthfeel and presence; shortish finish. Serious quality, the bottle age has only made it better, softening the edges. Very joyful.

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