Magill Estate Shiraz

Cellar or enjoy

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

“One for the cellar – buy, and drink over time."

Less said…it’s a great drink, so relish any opportunity/occasion!”

“Sadly, this monopole’s 5.2 ha of Shiraz vines delivers only a finite offering - if only we could make more!”


A vintage with below-average rainfall, combined with slightly warmer than average temperatures - especially across the growing season. The Magill Estate Vineyard benefited from these conditions, which produced a desirable, moderately sized canopy providing excellent dappled sunlight on the developing fruit. The lower rainfall and increased temperatures created the ideal setting for developing excellent fruit quality, optimising colour, flavour, tannin ripeness and balanced acidity. Steady temperatures experienced in December offered vines the ideal growing environment, leading to veraison in early January. The fruit was picked on February 15th and 16th 2012.