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.
Magpie Estate The Scoundrel Shiraz 2018
Dense and spicy on the palate, blackberry, black cherry, spice, chocolate and a touch of liquorice. Really good depth, a lovely savoury style, tannins are soft but the wine will repay further aging. Lots of flavour at a very fair price. Coming from a number of vineyards in the Western Ridges and Northern districts of the Barossa. Aged for around 18 months in oak. At blending they added around 2.5% Petite Sirah to give the wine a bit more depth and structure. Black fruits and spice on the nose with some seasoned oak. Black cherry and plum.