Squawking Magpie Owner and Director Gavin Yortt planted the main Woodland’s vineyard in 1995, with further holdings in 2002 extending the focus on Hawkes Bay classic grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. They are members of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand and maintain a strong focus on cellaring wines and a quality-driven (rather than brand-driven) market strategy, which begins with rigorous vineyard management. Though not shouting from every shelf, on quality-for-value Squawking Magpie wines are often among the best Hawkes Bay has to offer.
What The Critics Say
96/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Dense, powerful Syrah with red-fleshed plum, raspberry, new leather, liquorice, black pepper and spicy oak flavours. An heroic red, with a firm structure of ripe tannins that are smothered by fruit and alcohol sweetness to make the wine accessible but give it good cellaring potential." Drink 2015 - 2024
19/20 Raymond Chan
"Very full, deep, impenetrable black-hued purple-red, youthful in appearance. This has a firm, tightly packed, dense nose of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit entwined with layers of cracked black pepper, lifted by violet and black floral elements. Some iron-earth nuances add complexing detail and interest, and the aromatics are expressed with clarity. Fullish-bodied, the palate features a deep, rich core of blackberry fruit melded with black pepper. Layers of spice and florality enrich and lift the fruit which is encased by very fine-grained tannins. The palate has density, depth and grip, as well as linearity, and the powdery tannin textures carry the wine to an elegantly proportioned, spicy finish. This is a rich, concentrated black-fruited Syrah with black pepper and floral lift, encased by flowery tannins and linear structure. Serve with game meat dishes and Middle Eastern inspired fare over the next 10+ years. A barrel selection, being a blend of 97.5% Syrah and 2.5% Merlot, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.9% alc., the wine aged 22 months in 20% new French oak. 3,038 bottles made."
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