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Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz

Cracka Review

Appearance: Still with purples. Dense. (January 2013)

Nose: An aromatic explosion—at once fruity (plum and blackberry) and savoury (spicy sausage meat, terrine avec aspic). Char/spice volatiles of meat on-a-spit couple with barrel ferment nuttiness and scents of dark-roasted coffee beans/chocolate. Yes, the fermented fruits off this 78 Penfold Road address, open fermenters, basket pressing,… and bespoke élevage have again woven the aromatic web that is Magill.

Palate: Stylishly medium-bodied, with an open-weaved, layered structure, finishing clean and precise. A sumptuous mid-palate laden with blackberry and plum fruits and defined tannins. Savoury notes detected on nose permeate the palate, exuding a pan-juice/jus richness.

Reviews and Accolades


94+ points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2013

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Still with purples. Dense. (January 2013)

Nose: An aromatic explosion—at once fruity (plum and blackberry) and savoury (spicy sausage meat, terrine avec aspic). Char/spice volatiles of meat on-a-spit couple with barrel ferment nuttiness and scents of dark-roasted coffee beans/chocolate. Yes, the fermented fruits off this 78 Penfold Road address, open fermenters, basket pressing,… and bespoke élevage have again woven the aromatic web that is Magill.

Palate: Stylishly medium-bodied, with an open-weaved, layered structure, finishing clean and precise. A sumptuous mid-palate laden with blackberry and plum fruits and defined tannins. Savoury notes detected on nose permeate the palate, exuding a pan-juice/jus richness.

Reviews and Accolades


94+ points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2013

expert reviews about

Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Angus Hughson (2010 Vintage) says
Blackberry fruit, earth, spice, fantastic concentration. Dry, full body, masses of sweet blueberry earth and spice fruit. Big, bold, concentrated dark fruits lifted by some earth, granite, spice, tar with great length. Not ready 2016-2025. 14 months - new French oak 65% 33% new American oak.
2016-2025
96
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A majestic shiraz whose spicy bouquet is laced in a wild, brambly perfume of violets, cassis, blackberries and blueberries, with undertones of graphite, minerals and fresh chocolate/vanilla oak1 Deeply flavoured and juicy, it?s effortlessly smooth and elegant, with a pure length of wild, dark and concentrated shiraz fruit tightly integrated with fine, bony tannins, finishing with delightful focus and elegance1
2030-2040+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
96
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
2010 is a magnificent Magill that ranks among the finest. It displays an impressively deep hue for this vineyard, a wine of voluptuous dark berry compote and delightful focus of blackberry, blueberry and liquorice fruit. It has outstanding drive and energy, with immense concentration, beautifully encased in those classic, silky yet commanding Magill tannins. It does so with effortlessly poised definition, fine-grained structure, and impeccable internal harmony. One of three bottles I tasted was distinctly corky and stripped on the finish, a reminder to always check that you’re buying the screw-capped version.
2020-2035
Wine Taste Weekly Special Edition 106 - Penfolds Bin and Icon Release 2013
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Impenetrable colour; the bouquet of this flagship vineyard is dominated by sweet vanillin oak at this early stage, indicating that patience is a necessity to get the most out of this wine; beyond the lavish oak are layers of black fruits, licorice, spice and floral notes; there is a firmness to the tannins here that complements the depth of fruit on offer, the wineÕs parts in total harmony. Patience will be rewarded.
To 2045
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
I’ve never really got excited about Magill – until 08! With its insanely early harvest (Feb 5 – record!) and a higher proportion of French oak than ever (more than three-quarters), suddenly this legendary old vineyard leapt to a new vibrancy of blueberry fruits, anise and pepper. A frame of intricately textured tannins cascades into a finish of supreme focus, supported by dark chocolate oak. It will unravel magnificently over the coming decades.
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Purple -crimson, the bouquet displays ripe plummy fruit in a cradle of obvious, although integrated oak; the medium-bodied palate has a mix of plum and black cherry fruit, and supple, almost papery, tannins. Spent 12 months in 72% new French and 23% new American hogsheads.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Dark and briary, this very distinctive, low-cropped and rustic shiraz marries searingly intense, fiery and very ripe and meaty fruit with assertive sweet oak. Its deep, brambly flavours of spicy dark fruit are backed by bony, coarse linen tannins. It takes quite some breathing to reveal the full extent of its dark pepper-laced perfume, length and elegance, while it finishes with suggestions of leathery development and clove-like spiciness. It's an extreme expression of this vineyard's wilder side, but a worthwhile one to have in your cellar.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A fragrant and gently spicy bouquet; a gloriously structured and flavoured wine, with a cascade of supple, rich black fruits, tannins and oak in a perfectly judged support role. Surely the best Magill Estate made to date. Why, oh why, a Cork - simply to give the reCorking clinic work?
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
97
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Magill Estate is a medium-weight wine routinely matured in 100 per cent new oak (mostly French, some American). Often, then, the oak can come across as (too) heavy. With this vintage it doesn't. It smells beautiful - of flowers and vanilla custard and plums - and tastes lovely too - all coffee, plums and earth. It's woven with exquisite, fine-grained tannin, and we're happy to call it the best Magill Shiraz since the deluxe 1998.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
96
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Typically wild and meaty, this rustic and bony shiraz marries brambly flavours of blackberries, blackcurrants and dark plums with powerful floral notes, exotic spices and undertones of animal hide. With a relatively light touch for such an intensely flavoured shiraz, its lingering fruit and meaty, earthy undertones knit tightly with coarse linen tannins. It's very long and harmonious, and likely to build in the bottle.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
95
Jeremy Oliver (1999 Vintage) says
2011-2019
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
95
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is full of sweet, dark cherry fruit, the palate similarly full of delicious dark cherry flavours, fine, lingering tannins and perfectly integrated and balanced oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
95

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