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The single-vineyard Magill Estate Shiraz is intrinsically linked to Penfolds beginnings. Sourced from the original Magill vineyard on the edge of Adelaide’s eastern suburbs.
Fruit is crushed, fermented and matured on-site at the original Penfolds Magill winery, established in 1844. Magill Estate Shiraz is an elegant, medium-weight style with velvety texture and fine tannins, matured in both French and American oak. It is a sleek, contemporary wine, yet crafted the original way: hand-picked, vinified in open fermenters and then basket pressed to complete fermentation in barrel.
Vintage 2015 / Winter and spring rainfall were above average, creating an excellent start to the season. Relatively warm temperatures in August accelerated vines out of dormancy early, with prevailing warmer than average conditions leading to early flowering. Spring was generally cooler and drier than average, with the low soil moisture slowing growth positively leaving vines with open canopies. January temperatures were lower than usual, with the maximum temperatures being the coolest in 22 years.
Significant rainfall in early January, during veraison period of the Shiraz, provided much needed moisture to give the vines a boost in the final stages of ripening. Without any extremes or stress the vines continued to ripen evenly leading into an early harvest. In February, hotter weather prevailed ensuring a fast and early grape intake.