Magill Estate Shiraz

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Drinking well now, but will improve with time. ?

Vintage History:

The single vineyard Magill Estate Shiraz is intrinsically linked to Penfolds beginnings. Sourced from the original Magill vineyard on the edge of Adelaide’s eastern suburbs (just eight kilometres from the city’s CBD), fruit is crushed, fermented and matured on-site at the original Penfolds Magill winery, established in 1844. First produced in 1983, Magill Estate Shiraz is an elegant, medium-weight style with velvety texture and fine tannins, matured in both French and American oak. It is a sleek, contemporary wine, yet crafted in the old fashioned way in the 160 year-old winery: hand-picked, vinified in open fermenters and then basket pressed.
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Origin Single vineyard wine – using selected parcels of fruit from Blocks 1, 2 and 3 of the 5.2 hectare Magill Estate, Adelaide, South Australia.
Maturation 12–15 months in new French (approximately 65%) and American (approximately 35%) oak hogsheads.
Fermentation Wax-lined, open concrete fermenters with wooden header boards. After basket pressing, components complete fermentation in barrel.
Variety Shiraz.
First Vintage 1983.
93+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (US) Magill Estate Shiraz 2011
95 points 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (Australia) Magill Estate Shiraz 2010
94+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (US) Magill Estate Shiraz 2010
94 points Wine & Spirits (US) Magill Estate Shiraz 2010
90 points Wine Spectator Magazine(US) Magill Estate Shiraz 2010
Commended International Wine Challenge 2007 (UK) Magill Estate Shiraz 2004

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Behind Magill Estate Shiraz

Peter Gago
Penfolds Chief Winemaker

“The 2011 Magill Estate Shiraz supports 100% new oak – testament to a (deceptive) depth of fruit.”

“Open sooner rather than later, and definitely with food. Decant immediately prior.”


With above-average winter rainfalls and cool conditions that followed during the spring period, South Australia generally experienced a later budburst and disease pressures impacted to varying degrees across the state. Meticulous vineyard management was critical. Spring soil moisture levels resulted in healthy shoot growth and early canopy development. Healthy vegetative growth continued during the cooler spring months and delayed veraison and berry development in the new year. Careful canopy management on the Magill vineyard ensured good light penetration into the fruit zone. This resulted in moderate size berries with a loose bunch architecture suited to the Magill Estate style. A few warm days at the end of January guaranteed the completion of veraison and commencement of the ripening season. As was the case elsewhere, attention to detail was required with selective harvesting of pristine fruit. The Magill Estate Vineyard was handpicked on March 9th and 10th 2011.