Why you should try: This single vineyard wine comes from historical Magill Estate, located East of Adelaide. The wine is made in the original winery at Magill and follows the traditional approach.
Estate Background: Penfolds was founded in 1844 by English physician Christopher Rawson Penfold and his wife Mary Penfold. It is Australia's oldest and most influential winery which brought Australia's wines to the global spotlight. Christopher believed in the medicinal benefits wine and the couple planned to make a wine tonic to treat anaemia. Both the winery and clinic businesses were flourishing. Mary began to take up the more responsibility of the estate and eventually running the winery after Christopher's death in 1870. Today, Penfolds operates more than 1,000 hectares of vineyards.
Blend: 100% Shiraz, aged 12 months in American oak
JO:94 Jeremy Oliver: 94 "No tasting note available"
Producer note: "An excellent depth of attractive, crimson-red colour. The bouquet displays spicy berry fruit character complexed with tobacco-like subtle oak. Although currently restrained, there is an underlying deep, powerful fruit character indicative of the wine's great potential. This wine is medium to full bodied and complex, showing spicy, ripe berry and cherry varietal fruit flavours combined with well-integrated, charry oak characters. The full, richly flavoured mid-palate is a feature and is surprisingly soft, but quite conce."