Shiraz Grenache Barossa South Australia
Whilst the praiseworthy efforts of Magpie Estate are mostly earmarked for export to the UK, small amounts are reserved for devotees of bespoke Barossa reds, right here in Australia. The Schnell is an assemblage of Shiraz and Grenache from vineyards managed by some of the most respected Barossa growers. Quite a forward style of wine, showing clean, chocolate and plum Barossa fruit characters on a length of juicy, sleek tannins. Simply scrumptuous in it's youth, served alongside, whatever is your favourite faire.
Magpie is a joint venture between English wine merchant Noel Young and Barossa winemaker Rolf Binder. Noel, has a passion for the Rhone varietals which matches Rolf's very own, he prefers his Australian reds with more new oak in them, so Rolf Binder complies. The Schnell is a blend of Shiraz and Grenache from a canon of good to very good Barossa sites. Rolf gets a tonne of grapes from here and a tonne of fruit from there, many are old school mates, long time suppliers and more recent friends, to create a Barossa wine that's designed for early drinking. A combination of new and old world vinification techniques is followed by a course of maturation in a selection of French and American oak barrels.
Purple red in the glass. Aromas of rich red berries and dark bitter chocolate., herries and cassis, anise and pepper. A medium to full bodied palate, creamy tannins and judicious acidity, a smooth, rich red wine, with a measure of elegance and persistence of flavour. Rolf makes a serious attempt to push the traditional Barossa Shiraz Grenache to its taste limit, a wine that dances across the palate, is easy drinking yet possesses the structure to accompany fine gourmandise.