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Magpie Estate The Fakir Grenache

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Here's a wine name that could get you into trouble of you misread the label, but that might be the point of it all. This venture between Rolf Binder and UK wine merchant Noel Young wants to do away with the pretence of wine, and make it more fun and approachable, which is precisely what this wine is. It's a fuller-bodied, easy drinking style that shows dark fruits, ripe raspberries, pepper spice and earthiness on the nose, whilst the palate is surprisingly soft and sumptuous, with friendly tannins and acidity, and a sweetly-fruited, spicy-edged finish. A highly slurpable red!  

Winemaker's Notes

A rich Barossa Grenache with notes of red cherry/kirsch, raspberry and licorice framed by sweet French oak spice. Lovely silky palate entry with sweet kirsch, Satsuma plum and raspberry flavours bursting across the tongue. Tannins are soft and a secondary thought really but they provide just enough grip to offset the fruit’s effusiveness. Spicy nutmeg and liquorice finish.

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Magpie Estate The Fakir Grenache

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright, relatively light colour; a lively, fresh, red-fruited Barossa Valley grenache, with spices denoting the variety rather than confection/Turkish delight; I enjoy the restraint in flavour, achieved without sacrificing length.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
A blend of a number of vineyards, predominantly a single mature vine site in Light Pass, here is brilliant proof that great Barossa Grenache need not be high in alcohol, smothered in new oak and priced in the gods.
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
Spicy and savoury with red berry fruits and grippy, fine tannins, this is a Barossa Grenache with a modicum of control and complexity, unlike some of the rocket fuel versions out there. Pour yourself a glass and then run around the yard screaming the name of this wine and see if your neighbours complain. If they do, apologise politely and invite the Fakirs in.
Taste Food and Wine Guide 2009

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