Source: October 2018 Penfolds New Releases, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 4th Oct 2018 (RP-96)
The 2016 Shiraz Magill Estate aged in 100% new oak (70% French and 30% American), which has left its cedary, vanilla mark on the wine, but in a balanced, harmonious way. It’s a full-bodied wine, with big berry fruit and lavish oak, yet those components are wonderfully judged, coming together in a fine, elegant wine that showcases the brand’s home estate in the Adelaide suburbs. With only 15 cases for the United States, it will be tough to track down.
Drink Date: 2020-2035
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 (JS-92)
A richer iteration of Magill, but slightly fragmented. Here it delivers an array of ripe dark-fruit compote, blackberries, dark plums and wild raspberries. There?s a curious, yellow-citrus edge, where acidity sits very prominently. Richer, riper fruit surrounds a crunchy core. Toasty oak and roasted spice flavors to the rescue. Needs time to settle down. Try in 2024.