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Magpie Estate 'The Fakir'

Grenache, 2005

Australia Red

Barossa Valley 75cl

The Fakir has become one of our most popular wines. 2005 was a stellar vintage, but not all the Grenache measured up this year. So we decided not to make a Gomersal this vintage -our top Grenache and instead blended most of it into this wine. As the Gomersal is aged in partly new French oak puncheons this means the Fakir has slightly more new oak influence than usual. The final blend includes 5% Shiraz which we often add to increase complexity and add structure. 40% new French oak, 10% new American oak the balance in 1-4 year old barrels. Displays classic cherry, white pepper, plum, clove, cinnamon, meat and toasty oak. It's medium bodied and really juicy. Plum and cherry combine with spice, meat and oak. Tannins are ripe. It's cast in the same mould as the last three releases. Lovely and perfumed with rich fruit, spice and toasty oak. Makes a great food wine.

Published: 4 November 2007

, Author: Noel

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