Australia : McLaren Vale : Fleurieu
FULL-BODIED, BLACK PLUM, BLACKBERRY, LICORICE, CEDAR, OLIVE, COCOA, OAK
A little backstory: the “Laughing Magpies” was the name given to a pair of wild Kookaburras living in the bushland that surrounds the d’Arenberg winery ... Mostly Shiraz (a black grape) with 4% Viognier (a white grape), this bottle was the first blend of its kind to be made in the McLaren Valley, a fitting homage to the Kookaburra’s distinct plumage — mostly black, with a white stripe.
Pairing: Roasted Turkey & Cranberry Sauce
AUSTRALIA : TASMANIA
LIGHT-MED-BODIED, CITRUS, MELON, NECTARINE, CREAM, NEUTRAL OAK
So fresh, so clean: refined fruit and crisp acidity (Tasmania is well-known for its cool climate, high acid wines) are balanced by a very light creaminess on the palate in this highly-inexpensive bottle from Devil’s Corner. Check it out if you like un-oaked or lightly oaked Chardonnay (such as Chablis). Drink now — 2025.
WINEMAKING : 85% fermented in tank & 15% in barrel; aged for 3 months in used French oak punchions (large barrels)
ECOLOGY : Sustainable; vegan
PAIRING : Smoked Salmon with Mayonnaise and Capers
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Australia : Victoria
MEDIUM BODIED, RED FRUIT, BRIGHT, CRISP, NO OAK
Bright, crisp red fruit on the nose with hints of peach. Palate has great acidity, with light minerality and continuing red fruit. Drinking fabulously now, since Southern Hemisphere rosé are released 6 months prior to Northern.