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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.
Continue cellaring. Peak drinking window 2016 - 2030.
Bright mauve core. Dark.
The sweet: chocolate mousse, bruléed custard, blackberry.
The savoury: raw wet ham, corned beef, freshly cooked silverside, green olive.
The rest: fresh leather (wallet) and spice notes – nutmeg/cinnamon (from oak?), ginger, soy.
Medium to full-bodied.
Flavours akin to white sultana cake, dates…and a touch of freshly tanned suede.
Balanced oak, and a perception of spice from French oak, with a creaminess from the American?
Long and persistent, propelled by fine mouth-coating tannins and tempered acidity.
Distinctive and unique. Quite elegant.
Origin: Magill Estate, South Australia.
Maturation:14 months in French oak (71% new, 5% 1-y.o) and American oak hogsheads (24% new).
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’.