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Magill Estate Shiraz 2012

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.

Fruit is crushed, fermented and matured on-site at the original Penfolds Magill winery, established in 1844. 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 the original way: hand-picked, vinified in open fermenters and then basket pressed to complete fermentation in barrel.


When To Drink

Now - 2020. 

Taste Description

Deep red, crimson on edge.

At first more European in gait, possessive of an Old World charm – yet tell-tale Penfolds barrel ferment formics soon arise.
Nevertheless, Chesterfield leather, pipe tobacco and cigar, classy pencil shavings oak (French?)… mahogany aromatics continue to conspire.
Brown sugar, clove, star anise, cardamom notes arise, unconcerned of parentage.

Medium-bodied. Complete dimensionally – weight and length, grip and attack.
Wild raspberry, stewed rhubarb and red nectarine fruits laced with sarsaparilla and malt.
Oak stands apart, an added and enhanced feature (cleaved, compartmentalised), punctuated by raspy tannins.

Technical Information

Origin: Magill Estate, South Australia. 

Maturation:15 months in French oak (65% new) and American oak hogsheads (30% new and 5% 1-y.o).

Variety: Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions

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.


First produced in 1983, Magill Estate Shiraz is distinctly different to the mainstream Penfolds style, showing intense floral/ blackberry/ aniseed aromas, smooth richness and a ‘long spine’.