Magill Estate Shiraz is Penfolds' only single-vineyard wine. It is of great symbolic importance because it is the only wine grown and made on the remaining 5 ha of the original Penfolds property at Magill, in Adelaide's eastern suburbs. First made in 1983, Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz is an elegant, medium-weight style with velvety texture and fine tannins, matured in both new French and new American oak. It is a sleek, contemporary wine, but crafted in the old-fashioned way in the 120-year-old winery: hand-picked, and vinified in open fermenters, then basket pressed. Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz has been packaged in laser-etched bottles since the 1997 vintage.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
Medium red-purple; cedary/spicy/savoury aromas blossom into black cherry and plum flavours on the palate, supported by a greater level of tannins than is usual with this wine. Very good structure and length.
Rating: 92, Drink By: 2014, Date Tasted: 19 Jun 2002, James Halliday
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep red/purple colour, with ruby/crimson rim.
A complex and highly appealing perfumed nose, offering plum pudding, cinnamon, soy and meats, supported by nicely integrated, high class oak. Lovely depth, with mineral exotic spices filling out the background aromas.
Balanced and flavoursome, the wine is tightly structured, with rounded, almost manicured tannins and highly appealing cedary oak. Bright, primary flavours of dark cherry and Satsuma plum flavours - typical of the vineyard - are complemented by secondary.