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 Wishbone Shiraz/Grenache 2017
Very limited special bottling done by my friend Noel Young from Cambridge but a real expert with his partner in winemaking Rolf Binder. Prefering instinct and experience over technical specs when producing their wine, Noel says this is around 75% Shiraz and 25% Grenache aged largely in older oak. This gives classic Barossa soft ripe approachable fruit with a juicy ‘drink more of me’ side too. Nice work Noel.