The heritage-listed 5.24 hectare “monopole” Penfolds Magill Estate is one of the few single vineyards in the world located within city boundaries. Its legacy as the “Grange Vineyard”, ensures its place in Australian wine history. This “soft of nature, yet structured and substantial” wine is distinctly different to the mainstream Penfolds style, showing intense floral, blackberry, aniseed aromas, smooth richness and a "long spine without being overtly firm." Magill Estate Shiraz is batch-vinified in open wax-lined concrete tanks. After completion of fermentation, the wine is matured in a combination of new French and seasoned French and American oak for between 12-15 months.
"Matured for 18 months, 70% in new French oak, 30% in new American hogsheads. There is so much complexity, power, depth and structure it steps confidently outside the usually graceful, but faintly apologetic Magill Estate. In so doing, it also brings an utterly harmonious trifecta of fruit, oak and tannins (in that order), all integral parts of a quite wonderful wine."
97 points, Wine Companion (August 2017)
Saturated purple colour; a tremendously concentrated and profound wine from all viewpoints, the bouquet loaded with smoky, charry, toasty oak. It's very smoky, savoury and dry, with an incredible depth of fruit on the palate, but it's at a polar remove from 'fruity' wines. A glorious wine: powerful, profound and multi-layered. There are fruitcake and panforte flavours, preserved fruits and dark chocolate, cocoa powder, fruit or walnut bread flavours. A great wine, which demands plenty of time. 97 points, The Real Review.
"Very deep inky black colored, the 2015 Shiraz Magill Estate has a youthfully mute, broody nose of baked blackberries, preserved plums, crème de cassis and mocha with hints of tobacco, hoisin and cardamom. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and with great elegance and poise, this is a restrained, earthy, understated style with some playful exotic spice nuances coming through on the finish."
96 points, Wine Advocate (November 2017)
"The 30% new American oak is assertive from the get-go here. This has a rich, ripe, later harvested feel to it, quite mellow with toffee and fresh leather as well as rich dark plum, blackberry and chocolate. It's a wine of real presence, unashamedly ripe. An impressive edition of this small, home vineyard gem. Unique in many ways. Drink now to 2030."
96 points, JamesSuckling.com (October 2017)
Penfolds is probably the most extraordinary of the world’s wine brands with an enviable reputation for quality at every price level. The original Penfold was an English doctor who, in 1844, planted grapes at Magill, now a suburb of Adelaide. However, it was not until the late 1940s that Penfolds began to forge a reputation for red wine.
The Penfolds house style emerged from a fortified wine producing culture and evolved as a winemaking philosophy which has had a profound effect on the entire Australian wine industry. Many of the techniques initially adopted to make Penfolds Grange would become part of the wider Penfolds winemaking culture. The number of techniques employed in the research and development of Penfolds wines is astonishing. Max Schubert and his team pioneered: major advances in yeast technology and paper chromatography; the understanding and use of pH in controlling bacterial spoilage; the use of headed down/submerged cap fermentation and the technique of rack and return; cold fermentation practices; the use of American oak as a maturation vessel and perhaps most critically, partial barrel fermentation. Nowadays, the use of American oak and barrel fermentation for instance is considered traditional Barossa winemaking practice!
Today, Penfolds house style embraces the concept of multi-regional blending, optimum fruit quality, the use of fine-grained American or French oak, barrel fermentation and maturation. Overall, the Penfolds style is about highly-defined fruit aromas, fruit sweetness, ripe tannins, richness, power and concentration. The number of iconic wines that have emerged from the Penfolds stable over the years is remarkable. Bin 389 a Cabernet Shiraz blend released in 1960 is now considered the quintessential Australian wine blend. Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz and Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz released in 1962 pre-empted the contemporary enthusiasm for regional definition by about 25 years. Improved vineyard management, site selection and winemaking brought about subsequent releases of Bin 707 and Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Penfolds Wine Making Philosophy is the accumulation of more than half-a-century of knowledge and winemaking practice initiated by Max Schubert and subsequently refined by Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago. Their collective commitment to multi-regional and vineyard blending contributed to a consistency of style and quality that has cemented Penfolds reputation as the foremost producer of premium age-worthy red wines in Australia.