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The Laughing Magpie


The Laughing Magpie is a seductive blend of the red Shiraz' sharp, solid fruit and the white Viogniers juiciness and bright tones. In the wine you will find dark, dry chocolate, olives, cinnamon and cedar. Dried figs and pickled berries dance with bright stone fruits and fresh acidity from the white grape.


The Laughing Magpie er en indsmigrende blanding af den røde Shiraz' kraftige, solide frugt og den hvide Viogniers saftighed og lyse toner. I vinen finder du mørk, tør chokolade, oliver, kanel og cedertræ. Tørrede figner og syltede bær danser med lyse stenfrugter og frisk syre fra den hvide drue.


Country: Australia

Region: South Australia, McLaren Vale

Winery: d'Arenberg

Year: 2014

Type: Red

Grapes: Shiraz & Viognier

Alcohol: 14,5%

Aging: Oak barrels

Closure: Screw cap

Winemaking: Traditional



d'Arenberg was founded in 1912 by Joseph Osborn, who sold his stable of racing horses and used the money to buy a winery. The most famous horse named Footbolt has named one of the house's best known wines of the same name. Similarly, all of d'Arenberg's wines have a funny history behind their unconventional names. Today, 4th generation Chester Osborn is the owner and winemaker. d'Arenberg is located in McLaren Vale.

d'Arenberg blev stiftet i 1912 af Joseph Osborn, som solgte sin stald af væddeløbsheste og brugte pengene til at købe en vingård. Den mest kendte hest ved navn Footbolt har lagt navn til en af husets mest kendte vine af samme navn. På samme måde har alle d'Arenbergs vine en sjov historie bag deres utraditionelle navne. I dag er 4. generation, Chester Osborn, ejer og vinmager. d'Arenberg ligger i McLaren Vale.

General grape descriptions


It is a caste originating in France but it’s produced in all over the world. It is cultivated from France to Australia (where it is the main grape), United States (Washington State and California), besides Italy (cultivated in small scale all over the country to produce some good blends), Spain (used in projects in Rioja for example), Portugal, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Uruguay, Brazil (restricted to some producers and in the northeast) In Portugal it found is home in the region of Alentejo and is the most successful foreign grape  in terms of climatic adaptation. The wines have an intense colour. The aromas are complex with very rich tannins. The most present flavours are blueberry, plum, chocolate, tobacco and black pepper but have some differences depending on the region in which they are produced,  more fruity in the warmer regions or with more spicy flavours to plum, olive and green pepper in cooler climes.


Viognier is a grape variety  from  north of Rhône (France), where it produces delicious and great wines, as the famous Condrieu. The wines produced with Viognier grape usually reveal an intense colour, high alcohol content and aromas associated with apricot, peach and flowers. The Viognier from colder climates are more mineral, floral and with lima notes, those coming from warmer climates get a richer flavour. The low acidity of the Viognier does not require oak to reach a wine with balance but a slight ageing in wood can further improve its exotic flavour by adding a touch of vanilla. The late-harvested also bring honey notes. A dry wine produced from the Viognier is excellent when harmonized with cheeses and is excellent with spicy dishes presents in Thai and Chinese cuisine. It is still a perfect choice to accompany a grilled salmon.

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