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 the original way: hand-picked, vinified in open fermenters and then
basket pressed to complete fermentation in barrel.
NOSE: 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, ginger, soy.
PALATE: 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 mouthcoating tannins and tempered acidity.