This is a partnership between Barossa Valley winemaker, Rolf Binder and UK wine merchant, Noel Young. Established in 1993 when Mourvèdre and Grenache were largely forgotten varieties, these two Rhône-philes have adapted that great larrikin of the Australian sky - the magpie - as their mascot. Driven by the desire to highlight the Barossa Valley’s rich resources of Rhône Valley varieties and to have a good laugh along the way, Magpie Estate claims Mourvèdre, Grenache and Shiraz as its own. The pair create a range of superbly crafted varietals and blends, collectively representing the many personalities and expressions of these noble varieties in the Barossa.
Smalltown Vineyards The Rude Mechanicals ‘Suck-it-and-See’ 2017
Rudely frothy from the first pour, the old vine Frontignac’s sweet globes are firmed up with a poke of crisply priapic Gewurz and the pair quickened with gently beading bubbles that rise with flavours of honey and a gentle lick of nectar. Succulent rather than sweet and friskier than a pre-coital hummingbird tonguing hibiscus, this delicious wine finishes more-ishly, addictively, dangerously and toyingly sweet.