We are very proud to offer wines from The Magpie Estate of the Barossa Valley – there couldn’t be a more compelling producer. 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 Barossa, drawing on Rolf’s deep understanding of the area. Noel then sneaks out into the night in a rubber catsuit and steals all the best fruit from these growers. The labels celebrate a superstitious theme, saluting the magpie, and we count ourselves lucky indeed to have them aboard.
Grapes are hand harvested from an old block on the Binder family Barossa vineyards.
The science bit
Small batches of Chardonnay are picked and pressed through a tank press with some skin contact. 25% is fermented in French puncheons and American hogsheads for 6 months, aged on lees then blended with the 75% unoaked juice, settled and bottled. Into the main Barossa blend a small component of Eden Valley Chardonnay is blended and the whole sees a tiny bit of secondary use oak for some fine structure.
What does it go with:
Anything with chicken, pork, prawns, seafood … Brilliant as a quaffer or perfect with a lovingly cooked meal.