The Penfolds Collection

Magill Estate Shiraz 2015

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.

 

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When To Drink

Continue cellaring. Peak drinking window 2019 - 2032. 

Taste Description

Colour
Impressive depth for this single-vineyard Magill expression – red with a purple/black core!

Nose
Magill Shiraz fruits tempered by barrel ferment artefact – oily Brazil nut/chestnut and gunmetal oil/soot.
An active ferment in open-fermenters hasn’t blown off the generous offer of mixed spices – crushed black pepper, star anise, peppercorn, sandalwood and bayleaf.
Alluring scents of broiled silverside and cured red-meats invoke a compelling desire to sip rather than smell! 

Palate
Medium-bodied … but only in the context of this year’s Collection line-up.
A fruity succulence, laden with summer-pudding, black forest cake, preserved plum and blackberry flavours.
True to label, the acidity is both fresh and inviting (more-ish!) – replete with a quince-like acid ‘edge’ and a dabble of cinnamon.
Tannins are fine and powdery; oak is balanced and absorbed.

Expert Reviews
97 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
Technical Information

Origin: Magill Estate, South Australia. 

Maturation: 18 months in new French oak (70%) and new American oak hogsheads (30%).

Variety: Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions

Autumn and early winter rainfall and temperatures were above the long-term average. Rain stopped abruptly in early August with only light showers observed throughout spring. Warm and dry conditions continued throughout the season which resulted in rapid grapevine growth and early flowering.

February brought weekend heat spikes, pushing mean maximum temperatures well above the average, resulting in early ripening and harvest. The Magill Estate vineyard was handpicked on February 9th and 10th 2015.

History

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’.

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