Originally posted by TORB:
Some of the SV blends can be terrific but the problem with many of them is that they turn wine into an apricot dominant wine that is revoltingly sweet.
Whilst may people do like the Laughing Magpie, I am not one of them. If you want to see what a great SV belnd is like, try Torbreck Run Rig or thier The Decendants, Clonakilla, Yalumba Hand Picked SV, Heathcoate Winery Mail Coach, Standish Wine Co The Relic, Yarra Yarra Shiraz. These wines are at varying price points and are examples of wines that have (reasonably) subtle Viognier added.
I agree with everything TORB says. My only additional comment is that the S/V blend is very new to Oz and I some of the manufacturers are on the learning curve, and I expect S/V blends to be better across the board in 3 or 4 years time.