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2003 d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: d'Arenberg Vineyards and Winery darenberg.com.au   details
Appellation: McLaren Vale - South Australia - Australia
Type: red
Varietal: Shiraz - Viognier
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$30.00
 
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: November 20, 2006 , Jason Eley
4 stars "Color: deep; Nose: complex; Acidity: lively; Body: full-bodied; Overall: well balanced; "
tasted: November 25, 2006 , Cliff Albertson
4.5 stars "Color: bright; Aromas: dried fruit; Acidity: lively; Sweetness: medium dry; Body: medium-bodied; Finish: persistent; Overall: pleasant; "
rated: August 31, 2004 , Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #151
90 points "...an impressive red offering an exotic nose of lychee nuts, honeysuckle, apricot marmalade, blackberries, and cassis. Expressive, full-bodied, and soft, but more superficial than usual..."
rated: February 28, 2006 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
91 points "Dense and dark in color, with lots of intense flavor but still in proportion, offering blackberry, black cherry and a distinctive twang of floral peach from the Viognier, finishing with licorice and pepper that lasts and lasts against vibrant acidity and fine tannins. Drink now through 2010. 1,000 cases imported. (HS)"
rated: February 28, 2006 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
90 points "Not quite as successful as the brilliant 2001 and 2002, but still outstanding, the 2003 The Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier (94% of the former and 6% of the latter) is not as powerful or rich as its two older siblings. Nevertheless, it is an impressive red offering an exotic nose of lychee nuts, honeysuckle, apricot marmalade, blackberries, and cassis. Expressive, full-bodied, and soft, but more superficial than usual, it is a flamboyant effort to drink over the next 5-7 years. " Best 2004-2011
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