Grape: Shiraz (97.5%), Petite Sirah (2.5%)
Ageing potential: Drink now - 2025
You'll love it if you like: Big French - Rhone style reds with an Aussie twist
Why You'll Love It?
Magpie Estate was started in 1993 as a partnership between legendary Aussie winemaker Rolf Binder and UK wine merchant Noel Young. Their mission was to bring Rhone style wines to Barossa. At a time when Grenache and Mourvèdre was going out of fashion, they brought sexy back. GSM is their 'thing' and boy do they do it well - a great Aussie twist on the classic French blend. Delicious!
The Scoundrel is predominantly Shiraz with a smidgen of Petite Sirah (aka durif). Produced in the Western Ridges and Northern districts of the Barossa, it's aged for 18 months in oak. Addition of Petite Sirah gives this wine that extra bit of depth. Great bargain!
Wine fact: Petite Sirah is not just a small Shiraz. It's actually the offspring of Syrah and Peloursin. If you’ve never heard of Peloursin, that’s understandable: it’s nearly extinct, found just a few places in the French-Alps.
Lots of black fruits on the nose, black cherry, black plum, blackberry and sweet spice. Palate has lovely fruit concentration, dark chocolate, liquorice and a hint of oak. Nice depth and soft tannins, will age for medium term but super smashable today.