Magill Estate Shiraz 2016 Magill Estate Shiraz 2016

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Magill Estate Shiraz 2016

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

Continue cellaring. Peak drinking window 2020 - 2035. 

Taste Description

Lively deep magenta

Already mentioned – very Penfolds … instantly from the very first inhalation.
Florals omnipresent – lavender, lilac, nasturtium?
Welcomed V.A. propelled by Magill fruits, coupled by a barrel ferment nut husk(iness).
Now to the ever so alluring bakery artefact:
• Croissant … sweet/flaky pastry (oak derived?)
• Crème brulée … burnt sugar (and hazelnut/mocha Italian liqueur?)
• Torte … chocolate/truffle, praline

Forceful. A palate certainly densely packed, yet still structurally meshed, woven.
In 2016 the microclimate(s) and soils of Magill’s undulating 5.2ha have released flavours of liquorice (red), anise, sour cherry and molasses.
Also, and not to omit – hazelnut brulée snap/crust, possibly derived via both oak and fruit?
A structural sum of its (winemaking) parts – open fermentation/daily rack and returns/basket pressed/barrel fermentation – texturally consistent, tannins explained; balance and longevity ensured.
A Magill 2016 time capsule in your 750ml bottle. Might some of what is noted above still be perceived in the decades ahead? All will be revealed … in time.


96 Points - Tony Love

96 Points - Huon Hooke

96 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

95+ Points - Campbell Mattinson

93+ Points - Andrew Caillard MW

93 Points - Anthony Rose, Decanter

17.5+ - Matthew Jukes

Expert Reviews

“In 2016: ostentatious, not subtle. Yes, this monopole is quite showy and flamboyant this time around.”

“100% new oak? No apologies. An 13 month sojourn in these 300 litre wooden vessels is barely noticeable in this substantial Magill Estate offer.”

“Needs time. Beckons food.”

“Very Penfolds – with greater license to be so than any other Penfolds wine… from the site where it all began – approx 1.75 centuries ago!”

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker


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’.

Technical Information

Origin: Magill Estate, South Australia. 

Maturation: 13 months in new French and American oak.

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.8 g/L, pH: 3.68.

Variety: Shiraz.

Dietary: Vegan friendly.

Vintage Conditions

The Magill Estate vineyard recorded maximum and minimum temperatures well below average during winter and early spring while winter rainfall was below the long-term average. The record low rainfall prevailed through the growing season while warmer than average weather in late spring and early summer ensured the vines were moving along nicely after a slow start. Some relief was provided by the onset of cooler weather in January and February.

The relatively mild conditions during harvest ensured the fruit was able to ripen evenly across all blocks. The grapes were harvested by hand on February 11th and 12th.

“In 2016: ostentatious, not subtle. Yes, this monopole is quite showy and flamboyant this time around.”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker