The single-vineyard Magill Estate Shiraz is intrinsically linked to Penfolds beginnings. Sourced from the 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 Estate 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.
Autumn and early winter rainfall and temperatures were above the long-term average. Rain stopped abruptly in early August with only light showers observed throughout spring. Warm and dry conditions continued throughout the season which resulted in rapid grapevine growth and early flowering. February brought weekend heat spikes, pushing mean maximum temperatures well above the average, resulting in early ripening and harvest. The Magill Estate vineyard was handpicked on February 9th and 10th 2015.
“Dark purple. Very dense. Rich and very high toned. Sweet and with extremely high tannins. Lots of dried spices on the nose – handmade and with lots of dry integrity on the end. Very
different form the Penfolds norm. Much drier and more traditional.” Jancis Robinson
2015 vintage 18.5 points Matthew Jukes
2015 vintage 18 points Jancis Robinson