Ranked #11 of 19 2003 Shiraz Viognier from McLaren Vale
Crushed-ants, and raisiny, rather solid and still youthful, firm on the palate, aging gracefully and slowly. Good.
Drink: 2012 to 2017
90 Points Robert Parker
Not quite as successful as the brilliant 2001 and 2002, but still outstanding, the 2003 The Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier (94% of the former and 6% of the latter) is not as powerful or rich as its two older siblings. Nevertheless, it is an impressive red offering an exotic nose of lychee nuts, honeysuckle, apricot marmalade, blackberries, and cassis. Expressive, full-bodied, and soft, but more superficial than usual, it is a flamboyant effort to drink over the next 5-7 years.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. October, 2004
90 Points James Halliday
Fragrant, fresh, raspberry and redcurrant, almost into sarsaparilla; minty touches too. Drink to 2007.
Source: James Halliday. October, 2004