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2009 d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier McLaren Vale
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2011

(a 92%/8% blend, with a pH of 3.31)  Bright purple.  An exotic and expressive bouquet evokes blackberry, candied plum, violet and mocha, with spice and incense notes adding complexity.  Sweet, juicy dark berry flavors show liqueur-like intensity and gain spiciness with aeration.  A late note of white pepper adds bit and focus to the plump fruit qualities, which linger on the finish.  This will drink very well young.

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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