Penfolds, Magill Estate Shiraz, 2015

Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia

Penfolds, Magill Estate Shiraz, 2015

Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia



  • Bottle
  • Case of 6


Grape Varietes: Shiraz 100% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Peter Gago Optimum Drinking: 2018-2038 Reviewer Rating: 97 Reviewer: Decanter Code: 103018 Alcohol: 14.5%
Estate Notes

Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz 2015 is an elegant, medium-weight style with velvety texture and fine tannins, matured in both French and American oak - a sleek and contemporary Penfolds crafted the original way.

The Magil Estate is a single vineyard Shiraz of just 5 hectares from the original Magill estate on the edge of Adelaide’s eastern suburbs (just eight kilometres from the city’s CBD), established in 1844. Grapes are hand-picked and vinified traditionally, in open fermenters, and then basket-pressed to complete fermentation for 18 months in French (70%) and American (30%) new oak hogsheads..

In fact, it was here that the first Grange wines were made and where the legendary Max Schubert lived. In 1975 most of the land was compulsory purchased, which caused uproar at the time. The vineyard and winery are now heritage listed and the idea was to make a wine different and contrasting to Grange rather than competing with Penfolds' flagship wine.


"This historic single vineyard wine, first produced in 1983 at the original Magill Estate just outside Adelaide’s Central Business District, is one of my perennial favourites in the Penfolds portfolio. And perhaps never more so than in 2015, which has produced an absolutely brilliant effort. Deeply coloured from core to rim, this has an exotic and appealingly complex nose of flowers, beef stock and blackberry. The palate is no less exciting, with super-sweet black bilberry and bramble fruit in a coulis-like concentration. Additional cracked black pepper and violet notes provide depth and interest, as do the sumptuously glossy tannins and sublime acidity which gives the wine such purity and charge. Though medium to full-bodied, the overall effect is one of ethereal lightness, balance and harmony. This is far too young to approach now and will reward serious cellaring for another 15-20 years at least." Decanter Magazine

Deep purple/black core with a pink/red rim. An enticing and complex nose of roasted meat, star anise, pepper, toasted nuts and a hint of asphalt. This wine is very generous on the palate with expansive berry fruit riding on the back of ripe tannin and fresh acidity. A very fine and balanced wine. David King