The original and still one of their best. The Call Bag is the blueprint to the Magpie Estate style – Ripe, juicy, dense and jam packed full of flavour. With a few years in the bottle The Call Bag is ready to drink now and doesn’t need food but would be warmly received at a BBQ.
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. Silky, full flavoured and amazing value wines.
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.
Also known as Mourvedre in France and Mataro in the new world. It is known for making a muscular, tannic, meaty, savoury wine. It is often the backbone of a blend but in places like Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla it is the major if not only variety in the red wine. Aging can vary depending on winemaker influence.
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.