This is a partnership between Barossa Valley winemaker, Rolf Binder and UK wine merchant, Noel Young. Established in 1993 when Mourvèdre and Grenache were largely forgotten varieties, these two Rhône-philes have adapted that great larrikin of the Australian sky – the magpie – as their mascot. Driven by the desire to highlight the Barossa Valley’s rich resources of Rhône Valley varieties and to have a good laugh along the way, Magpie Estate claims Mourvèdre, Grenache and Shiraz as its own. The pair create a range of superbly crafted varietals and blends that collectively represent the many personalities and expressions of these three noble varieties in the Barossa. The Russ Meyer cult films have provided the inspiration behind many of the quirky wine names.
Over the past 20+ years in business, Rolf and Noel have established strong relationships with a selection of Barossa growers and the brand is now very fortunate to have access to some special blocks of fruit to produce the wines. Some small, unique parcels are also taken from the Barossa’s Nuriootpa Research Centre which provides some alternative varietals that make up ‘The Mixed Thing’ blend. The select group of growers understand the Magpie Estate philosophy and collectively work together to produce an interesting range of wines that really highlight the vibrant fruit character of the Barossa Valley.