Penfolds `Magill Estate` Shiraz 1996 (3 x 750mL) Adelaide,SA.

Description:

Langton’s Classified: Distinguished

Top Vintage

Medium bodied in style, exhibiting flavours of compote of dark berries, plums and prune, with a lively spice lift. Classy cedary oak and vanilla barrel notes align with rounded pronounced tannins to create this crafted and complete Shiraz style.

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Langton’s Classified: Distinguished

Top Vintage

Medium bodied in style, exhibiting flavours of compote of dark berries, plums and prune, with a lively spice lift. Classy cedary oak and vanilla barrel notes align with rounded pronounced tannins to create this crafted and complete Shiraz style.

Region:
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

Concentrated, bright crimson.

Aroma

Rich, spicy berry fruits with mocha lying beneath. Subtle floral, and cedar oak nuances combine with smoky barrel ferment characters to evolve and complex in the glass.

Palate

Medium bodied in style, exhibiting flavours of compote of dark berries, plums and prune, with a lively spice lift. Classy cedary oak and vanilla barrel notes align with rounded pronounced tannins to create this crafted and complete Shiraz style.

Wine Background

Magill Estate is a single-vineyard wine. As the name suggests, all grapes are grown on the historic Magill Vineyard, located within the metropolitan area of Adelaide, South Australia. The Magill Estate wine is a departure from Penfolds' multi-district blending philosophy.

The wine was created by then Chief Winemaker, Don Ditter, working closely with Max Schubert who had retired at this stage. It is the only wine now made at Magill, in the same open fermenters which the earlier Granges and Special Bin Reds were created. The Magill Estate Shiraz is less reliant on sheer power, with an emphasis on structure and fruit.

Winery Profile

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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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Other Information

  • 1996 vintage
  • 3 x 750mL units
  • SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills, South Australia
  • Cork closure
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