Squawking Magpie owner Gavin Yortt and winemaker Jenny Dobson are producing some excellent wines and with a quality vintage such as 2020, there is some superb value to be had. From the Gimbletts Gravels The Chatterer Merlot Cabernets has plenty of depth in colour and flavour with a satiny, chalky texture. A great winter anti-dote!
Winery Notes (2020 Vintage)
"The "cradle of quality" for Squawking Magpie is the Woodlands Vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels area, the first 4 hectares of which were planted in 1995. In 2002, a new 20 hectare vineyard was developed as a joint venture and planted predominantly in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. From the very first plantings, emphasis has been placed on creating outstanding wines by focusing on viticultural excellence.
This wine is deep in colour with a layered fragrant nose of ripe plum and cassis with lifted vanilla, cedar and tobacco notes.The palate has a rich velvet texture with excellent structure, ripe black fruits and cassis flavours with long full finish. Great cellaring wine for up to five years."
Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, November 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Aromas of blackberry and blue fruits, dark plums and baking spices of clove and dark vanilla pod. Smoky barrel scents and stony earthy qualities add complexity and depth. Fragrant and very enticing. Full-bodied on the palate with flavours of dark berries and plums, spice and toasty barrel all reflect the bouquet. Bold tannins and medium+ acidity drive through foundation and mouthfeel. Violets and a gun-flint layer round out a delicious overall palate. Well made and ready to drinking from late 2022 and through 2030."