The nose features savoury characters of cooked meats spices and cracked black pepper. The palate is robust and concentrated with great intensity. The fruit is more expressive on the palate with a touch of raspberry, plum, blackcurrant, blueberry with underlying spice and just a hint of savoury oak. The mineral silky tannins build nicely on the palate, provide good structure and impressive length. It will benefit from bottle age and if cellared correctly will drink well over the next 15 years.
The fruit is crushed and transferred to open fermenters. The must receives no plunging or pumping over. Once the primary fermentation is two-thirds complete, traditional foot-treading takes place.
The wine is transferred to barrel to complete primary and secondary fermentation in a mix new and older French and American barriques for 12 months.
" Try dArenbergs fine perfumed, bramble-layered 2008 The Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier. "
Jane MacQuitty, The Times
" Lovely rich lifted nose. Good ripe tannin structure. Very balanced. Some mid palate intensity. A great match as the ripe tannins become sweet fruit. It works well and remains beautifully balanced right through. "
Brent Marrias, Judge at 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition