Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Merlot Cabernet 2020

Tasting Notes

Winery: Squawking Magpie
Varietal: Red Wine
SKU: SQUGIM2020 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Squaking Magpie The Chatterer 2020



94 pts Cameron Douglas MS
Aromas of blackberry and blue fruits, dark plums and baking spice 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 flavors of dark berries and plums, spice and toasty barrel all reflect the bouquet. Bold tannins and medium+ acidity driver through foundation and mouthfeel. Violets and a gun-flint layer round out a delicious overall palate. Deliciousness in a glass!

91 pts Wine Enthusiast Dec 2022
In true Hawke’s Bay style, this is a powerful red, but with succulent fruit and bright acidity. A perfume of plums and cassis leads. Fistfuls of peppery, earthy spice, tobacco leaf, black olive brine and violets are underneath. In the mouth, the brambly blackberry, plum and violet notes are lifted by crunchy acidity and held in place by spicy tannins. Drink now—2027.

Winemaker Notes

Squawking Magpie is a boutique label hailing from the celebrated soils of the Gimblett Gravels. Here they believe that to create great wine, a hands on approach and a whole lot of TLC in the vineyard is vital. And if their wines are anything to go by, they are absolutely on the money.

The wines possess elegance and finesse. You can taste place – it’s not just wine in a glass. It’s all the elements of the winemaking process before the grapes even became wine – the sunshine hours, climate, soil, sustainable growing techniques and the terrain of the single vineyard.

Each variety was fermented separately, with daily working of the vats and attentive monitoring of the ferments. The new wines macerated with their skins for 5 to 7 days allowing the tannins and fruit to reach a balance point, before pressing and going to barrel. After 13 months in barrel the wines were carefully blended to make our Chatterer Merlot Cabernet.

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