Volume : 700ml , ABV : 14.0%
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.
Florals instantly arise – violet sits aside a diverse cottage garden mix; a floral bouquet pleasantly spiced with mineral elements. Fruits? A coulis of mulberry and blueberry. Very Magill! Untangling the oak contribution not quite as straightforward ...a pistachio nuttiness/creaminess (for the purists, more baklava than terrine). Complex. Engaging.
Balanced, fresh, alluring. Succulent, mouth-watering acidity coupled with fine, feathery tannins – all in tandem with the wine’s medium-bodied engagement. Cherry and pistachio (nougat) and cranberry (muesli bar) flavours spark interest. This, coupled with cola/chinotto and a beguiling ‘flintiness’, opens a flavour and textural window for any lover of Italian red wine channelling Magill Estate!
18+/20 Points - Matthew Jukes
95 Points - Huon Hooke
95 Points - Nick Stock, Jamessuckling.com
94 Points - Tony Love