2008 Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz

2008 Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz

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2008 Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz


The Magill Estate is a 5.2 hectare vineyard located in the city of Adelaide. The
vineyard consists of three blocks of Shiraz planted in 1951, 1967 and 1985. Gentler
and more “laid-back” than RWT and Grange, with a focus on purity and freshness
rather than power.

Very pure with wonderfully sweet fruit whilst retaining freshness throughout.
Weighty and textured on the palate with layer upon layer of concentrated fruit.
Gentle, very fine tannins provide a rounded, velvety mouthfeel. Exceptional length,
the flavours go on and on. Tight-knit at this stage but loads and loads here. Drink
from 2020.
(Martyn Rolph, Berrys' Fine Wine Advisor)
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About this WINE



Penfolds is undoubtedly one of the top wine companies in the world in terms of quality, product range and consistency. Peter Gago has now taken over winemaking responsibilities and a string of good vintages over the past five years has helped Penfolds stay at the top of the Australian wine boom.

The quality of Penfolds' red wines is simply world-class; nowhere else will you get such great wine for such good value. Penfolds Grange, without doubt Australia's greatest red wine, is also recognised as one of the worlds' finest.

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Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley is the South Australia's wine industry's birthplace. Currently into its fifth generation, it dates back to 1839 when George Fife Angas’ South Australian Company purchased 28,000 acres at a £1 per acre and sold them onto landed gentry, mostly German Lutherans. The first vines were planted in 1843 in Bethany, and by the 1870s – with Europe ravaged by war and Phylloxera - Gladstone’s British government complemented its colonies with preferential duties.

Fortified wines, strong enough to survive the 20,000km journey, flooded the British market. Churchill followed, between the Wars, re-affirming Australia’s position as a leading supplier of ‘Empire wines’. After the Second World War, mass European immigration saw a move to lighter wines, as confirmed by Grange Hermitage’s creation during the 1950s. Stainless-steel vats and refrigeration improved the quality of the dry table wines on offer, with table wine consumption exceeding fortified for the first time in 1970.

Averaging 200 to 400 metres’ altitude, the region covers 6,500 hectares of mainly terra rossa loam over limestone, as well as some warmer, sandier sites – the Cambrian limestone being far more visible along the eastern boundary (the Barossa Ranges) with Eden Valley. Following a diagonal shape, Lyndoch at the southern end nearest Gulf St Vincent is the region’s coolest spot, benefiting from sea fogs, while Nuriootpa (further north) is warmer; hot northerlies can be offset by sea breezes. The region is also home to the country’s largest concentration of 100-year-old-vine ShirazGrenache and Mourvedre.

Barossa Valley Shiraz is one of the country’s most identifiable and famous red wine styles, produced to a high quality by the likes of Rockford, Elderton, Torbreck and Dean Hewitson. Grenache and Mourvèdre are two of the region’s hidden gems, often blended with Shiraz, yet occasionally released as single vineyard styles such as Hewitson’s ‘Old Garden’, whose vines date back to 1853. Cabernet Sauvignon is a less highly-regarded cultivar.

Wines are traditionally vinified in open concrete fermenters before being cleaned up and finished in American and French oak barrels or ‘puncheons’ of approximately 600 litres. Barossa Shiraz should be rich, spicy and suave, with hints of leather and pepper.

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A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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The Wine Advocate94+/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate94+/100
Deep garnet purple in color, the 2008 Magill Estate Shiraz gives ripe, expressive mulberry, warm blueberry and black raspberry aromas with some allspice, vanilla and lightly grilled bread plus a whiff of roses. Full bodied with plenty of mouth-filling rich, spicy fruit, it has a solid backbone of firm grainy tannins and refreshing acidity. The finish is long with some earthy / savory flavors coming through. It should drink best 2013 to 2023+.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 23/12/2011 Read more
Magill Estate Shiraz is an elegant, modern, classic, single-vineyard wine based on the historic vineyard first planted in 1844 by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold. This 19th Century vineyard has played a critical role in the development of contemporary Australian winemaking. It is also the spiritual home of Penfolds.

This is a unique and evocative wine in Penfolds luxury portfolio; it offers the Penfolds wine experience in the context of a single vineyard of great historic provenance. Peter Gago says “Picking started on February 6, almost a month before the well-documented South Australia March 2008 heatwave, extracting the very best from what was an exemplary harvest entrée to the 2008 vintage. An A-Grade Magill Estate Shiraz. Very different to Barossa Shiraz… very different to St Henri… very different. A prized Penfolds monopole” Read more