2003 d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz / Viognier
Syrah - 750ML

  • WS 91
  • WA 90

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WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2004
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... 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...
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2004
...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...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Sub-region McLaren Vale
Vintage 2003

Winery

d'Arenberg

One of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale, d’Arenberg was established in 1912 when Joseph Osborn, a teetotaler and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, sold his stable of prize winning horses to purchase the property that now houses the winery, cellar door, and d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant.

Chester Osborn, fourth generation family member and Chief Winemaker since 1984, has forged a reputation for producing strikingly individual wines and melding tradition and innovation. He has rejuvenated the 70 year old cellars and 19th Century vineyards and oversees all aspects of winemaking, viticulture and marketing.

Discovering new varieties suited to the diverse terroir of McLaren Vale has been an ongoing passion for Chester. Early in his tenure, he took leave from the winery and spent most of a year on a viticultural and oenological tour of France, Italy, Germany and Spain. He has since introduced many varieties to the region including Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Tempranillo and Souzao. d’Arenberg now makes wine from over 33 different varieties.

Minimal input viticulture is employed across d’Arenberg owned, leased and contracted vineyards to ensure grape quality and environmental responsibility. This includes minimal or no irrigation, no soil cultivation, minimal spraying and most importantly, no fertilization. This natural and environmentally friendly philosophy encourages strong root systems that penetrate multiple levels of soil which is reflected in lively tannin structures, soil characters and fine minerality.

d'Arenberg is the only winery in Australia to basket press white wines as well as reds, making for a labor intensive process, but the quality of the results makes this worthwhile. This pressing is controlled and extremely gentle. White wines are basket pressed before fermentation to ensure no color or tannins are extracted from the skins, and the reds are pressed afterwards. After pressing, barrel fermented components are aged on lees to slow aging and keep the wine fresh, while also reducing oak influence. There is no racking until the final blending, and the wines do not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling.