D'Arenberg 2003 The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier Red (McLaren Vale)

Meaty, peppery aromas give way to ones of cherry pie filling after airing. Rhone-styled, perhaps, on the palate, with a cracked-pepper quality accenting the black fruit; there's a lifted quality—the Viognier's floral notes—to the black cherry fruit, that feels overdone. This is a tasty wine, to be sure, but one whose 6% Viognier is about 3% too much.

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