Producer Wine Name Varietal Reviewer Rating Vintage Cost
Producerd'Arenberg  Wine NameThe Laughing Magpie  VarietalShiraz  ReviewerMike Taylor  RatingExcellent  Vintage2002  Cost$34.00 
d'Arenberg's The Laughing Magpie has been a favorite of mine for several years. A blend of 95% Shiraz and 5%Viognier, the wine offers loads of Australian enjoyment.

The 2002 Laughing Magpie dresses lusciously in an opaque/purple core and fades to a rose/ox blood rim. This wine gets interesting immediately upon placing your nose in the glass. An expressive meaty nose offers aromas of blackberry and floral along with bacon fat and salami. Delicious and mouth watering, the aromas follow through on the palate. The full body is well-balanced with dusty tannins and fresh acidity. The wine parts with a lingering laugh knowing you will be tipping the glass for yet more enjoyment.
Color Type Maturity Appellation Country State County Region
ColorRed  TypeTable  MaturityReady  AppellationMcLaren Vale  CountryAustralia  StateSouth Australia  County  RegionSouth Eastern Australia 
Date added: January 29, 2006
Superb: 95-100 | Excellent: 90-94 | Very Good: 85-89 | Good: 80-84 | Ordinary: 75-79 | Undrinkable: 50-74