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
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS
"Ripe, varietal and very engaging core of red and black fruits with raspberry, black currant and sweet blueberry; a dense violet/floral layer and generous meaty quality. Dry, firm, full- bodied and rich in flavour. Dry with youthful and still integrating tannins alongside an backbone of acidity. Some peppery qualities and new oak frame this wine will age well also offering immediately drinkability wit the right food selection. Lengthy, varietal and engaging finish. Best from 2020 through 2030."
5 Stars and 18.5/20 Raymond Chan
"The nose is elegantly concentrated with intense and penetrating, fragrant aromas of black and dark red berry fruits, firmly entwined with notes of black pepper, violet florals, piquant Asian spices and liquorice. Nuances of funky game and iron-earth add detail. Medium-full bodied, this has a tightly bound core of juicy and succulently rich flavours of ripe blackberry fruit interwoven with plums and black pepper, along with Asian spices and violet florals. The palate is complexed by earth an mineral elements. The tannin extraction is fine-grained, and the mouthfeel is enlivened by bright acidity, providing a concentrated, firm core and line that carries to a long, fine-textured finish. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-7 years. A single vineyard wine, 100% estate Syrah, fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 20% new oak. 18.5/20 Apr 2016 RRP $30.00."
4.5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin
"The impenetrable, inky-dark colour saturation is the first thing that gets you with this wine, it's incredibly dense, dark, a stormcloud in a glass. Perfumed with blackcurrant, cherry and pepper-dusted damson plums, the nose is exciting, spice-driven and has smoke around the edges. Elegantly structured, the core of this wine is dark fruit, exotic spices and a seam of dark cocoa carries its savoury concentration through to the long, pillowy finish where earthy, graphite-like layers appear. It has freshness and verve, nice 'chew' and loads of chutzpah."
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