Magpie Estate The Schnell! Shiraz Grenache Barossa Valley 2012


Silky, flavoursome, aged to perfection. Delicious drinking and great value.

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This is the 11th release of my favourite Magpie Estate wine. 80% Shiraz and the remainder is Grenache. Having rested in bottle for 5 years it is at its charming best. Red and black fruits, roses and violets, pepper and some truffle. Lots of silk, nice and soft. Ready to drink now, I would match it with black pudding.

A long standing partnership between UK wine merchant Noel Young and one of my favourite winemakers, Rolf Binder. The fruit for Magpie Estate is sourced from outstanding vineyards all over the Valley and made with Rolf’s skilled hands. The wines are silky, full flavoured and amazing value.

Barossa Valley

One of the major wine regions or Australia. Known for making great Shiraz by any standard as well as Grenache, Mataro, Semillon and much more. There has been a lot of work finding the sub-regions that excel for each style and variety planted.


A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.


Spain’s gift to the world. We know it as Grenache and I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. Almost too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol, it often needs a little bit of other wines to add moderation, structure and depth. Much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have an amazing ability to age for the long term.

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