Penfolds, Magill Estate, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia 2017
"Attractive wet stones and almost flinty notes, ahead of a very refined core of spice-wrapped red and black cherries, as well as praline and toffee." James Suckling
|Grape Blend||Shiraz 100%|
Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz 2017 is an elegant fine red wine South Australian style with velvety texture and fine tannins, matured in both French and American oak - a sleek and contemporary Penfolds crafted the original way. It was purchased in its original wooden cases.
The Magill Estate is a single vineyard Shiraz of just 5 hectares from the original Magill estate on the edge of Adelaide's eastern suburbs, 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 and American 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.
"Attractive wet stones and almost flinty notes, ahead of a very refined core of spice-wrapped red and black cherries, as well as praline and toffee. The palate has a very succulent feel. The acidity sits up in vibrant style and there's a fine, succulent and long, refined finish. Oak rides up, but this always needs time after release. There's replanting in the 5-ish hectare plot, so quantities are low for a spell here." James Suckling
"The red-fruited 2017 Magill Estate Shiraz comes across as open and generous, with notes of raspberries and cherries accented by hints of charred meat and dried spices. It's medium to full-bodied in the context of the Penfolds red-wine lineup (so full-bodied, to be honest), with crisp acids and a bright, slightly dusty finish. To its credit, it's distinctively different from the various other Shiraz offerings from Penfolds." robertparker.com