A completely different experience again. This bottle jammed with fruit and sweet up front. Lovely glossy fruit, with olives and bitter herbs and a long dry finish. Reminiscent enough of the d'Arenberg Dead Arm bottlings that I picked up the bottle again to check I'd opened the right one. Bottle variation! (91-92)
Hmmmmmm. Again the bottle is a bit weak. Nothing wrong exactly. Just where is the depth and leather? Fresh. Bright. Anonymous. A bit tarry, a bit bitter. Dry finish. Medium body. Sour cherries, cranberry and redcurrants. Some smoke, some olive. Puts on quite a bit of weight with air, but remains very "savoury". I'm complaining but on the other hand the flavour profile is rather similar to real Cote Rotie, just not somehow convincing me. Good for all that, just lacking a "deliciousness" factor. (89-90)
2007 appears to be different to my other Laughing Magpie experiences.
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(D'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier (McLaren Vale)) Under screwcap. Dark and rather withdrawn fruit on the nose, and a more sweet and peppery character to it on the palate. Soft, richly textured, sweet but with purity, conveyed by some pretty aromatics and a good wedge of acidity. Rather hard tannin on the finish, but there is some appeal here.
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