Magpie Estate The Tight Cluster Sparkling Red Shiraz
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Magpie Estate The Tight Cluster Sparkling Red Shiraz is a wonderfully fresh style of sparkling Shiraz, and just a touch drier than most of those found on the market, in spite of using a vibrant and powerful formula. Lovely deep colour with berry fruits, spice, hints of cedar, some subtle smoky notes and liquorice. A fine mousse, the wine has some lovely bright and more aged Shiraz characters on the palate. the fruit is really primary with some spice and subtle oak the fortified Shiraz albeit a very small component has tightened and freshened the wine up. All too drinkable, will age for a few years, but ready to go.
We have wanted to make a Magpie Estate sparkling Shiraz for a long while. We made what would have been an Election Shiraz in 2008, however given the vintage reputation, and looking at stocks we decided this was the perfect opportunity to hold back some premium Shiraz for a sparkling version.
The initial wine saw some new oak, but once we decide to hold back the wine it went into older neutral oak. We put a blend together in 2011 and the wine underwent a secondary fermentation in the bottle. After around 13 months we decided the wine was ready, decanted into tank adjusted for sugar, and we sourced some fabulous young fortified Shiraz for the liqueuring. We have made the wine a touch drier than many on the market.
Bring on the barbecues, Asian duck dishes, cold meats and turkey with all the trimmings, or just enjoy as a really fine drink.