Penfolds Magill Estate is produced from the original Magill vineyard which Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold bought in 1844 and vinified at the Magill Estate Winery. This is 100% Shiraz, smoothly textured and matured for eighteen months two-thirds new French oak and one-third new American oak.
Established in 1844, Penfolds is one of Australia's first wine estates. English physician, Christopher Rawson Penfold, bought the 200 hectare estate and began cultivating the cuttings from French vines to produce a medicinal tonic wine. The man who would become chief winemaker, Max Schubert, at the estate began working as a messenger in 1931 at the age of fifteen. A study tour in France would ignite his ambition to create a wine as great as those made in Bordeaux, and inspire the unique labeling of Penfolds wine by maturation area. Schubert would famously produce 'Grange' in secret after disapproval from the Penfolds management, hiding barrels and bottles in tunnels.
Grange would eventually become the pinacle of red wines produced at the estate. Penfolds has since received prestige which few other wine estates worldwide can match. Its wines are of immense quality and are Australia's most iconic, received with praise wherever they are tasted.
The 2005 Magill Estate Shiraz was barrel-fermented and spent 14 months in French and American oak. It delivers a super-expressive nose of smoked meat, game pencil lead, pepper, blueberry, and blackberry leading to an elegant Shiraz with superb depth and grip. This lengthy effort will provide pleasure through 2020.
The Penfolds single-vineyard offering – they are nothing if not all things to all men. And women. Shaded rim already. Warm, ripe rather muted aromas. Very determined to mind its ps and qs, this one. Has brushed its teeth and hair. Rich and warm with mineral scents. Very much a red version of the Yattarna. Dry finish. Not at all obviously Australian when first tasted – could even be a Rhône Valley Syrah from a very ripe vintage! But on re-tasting the Australian heft has asserted itself even though this is a very sophisticated wine. No heat on the finish; just ripeness on the nose. If you opened this wine and aerated it well before serving, it would give a great deal of pleasure even now. Very good balance.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.