The vineyards and bushland that surround the d'Arenberg winery are home to the native Australian bird, the Kookaburra, famous for its distinctive laughing call. Much to the amusement of the family, Chester Osborn's daughters, Alicia and Ruby, named two wild Kookaburras who regularly visited their house the Laughing Magpies. The Magpie plumage is black with a stripe of white feathers and bears no resemblance to its famous cousin, but to this day the name has stuck. The Osborn's thought the name was a good choice for McLaren Vale's first ever Shiraz Viognier blend combining the (black) Shiraz and its white partner, Viognier.
D Arenberg is one of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale. In 1912 Joseph Osborn, a teetotaller and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, purchased the well established Milton Vineyards of 25 hectares in the hills just north of the townships of Gloucester and Bellevue, now known as McLaren Vale.
Double Gold - China Wine & Spirits Awards - Best Value 2018
Gold - China Wine & Spirits Awards - Best Value 2017
91 Points Gold - Korea Wine Challenge, 2017
5 Stars - Equal Top in Category/Eligible for Wine of the Year - Winestate Magazine New Release Wine Show 2018
91 Points - Josh Reynolds
Tasting Note: A well structured, soft, full palate of mulberry and cherry fruit amid cedary notes with good length and persistent drying tannins.