Magpie Estate ‘The Black Craft’ Shiraz

  • WINEMAKER/CELLAR:
    Rolf Binder
  • BLEND:
    95% Shiraz, 5% Petite Verdot
  • APPELLATION:
    Barossa Valley, South Australia

Magpie Estate ‘The Black Craft’ Shiraz

Classic Barossa Shiraz with intense savoury flavours of thick blackberry compote, black pepper and typical rich beefy flavours, with balanced acidity, fine velvety tannins and tremendous length.

Magpie Estate is a joint venture, which began in 1993, between famous Barossa winemaker Rolf Binder and English wine merchant Noel Young. Both Rolf and Noel have a passion for Rhone varietals. The fruit comes from 15 long-favoured sites in the premium Northern drawing on Rolf’s deep understanding of the Barossa. The labels celebrate a superstitious theme, saluting the magpie.

Aged 11 months in a variety of oaks, all American and French, new and old, around 35% new. It has 5% Petite Syrah in the blend too which gives the wine structure and added spice. As usual with Magpie it was fermented in open fermenters, they don’t set the blades too close together during crushing so a fair bit of whole berry in the ferment which gives the wine generous fruit and soft tannins.

As the name implies, black is the key – anything chargrilled would be superb here so think griddle pans and barbecues