Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz 2003
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Magill Estate remains Adelaide's most historic vineyard, and the Magill Wineworks is the home of Penfolds. 2003 served as a reminder of the unique micro-climate of the Magill Estate Vineyard. Despite drought conditions and warm temperatures, the cooling gully winds, sloping site and unique aspect that results from being totally surrounded by residential housing allowed the deep rooted dry-grown old vines of the Magill Estate Vineyard to thrive. The crop was hand-picked over two days in late February. This wine was matured for fourteen months in a combination of 64% new French and 26% new American oak hogsheads, and 10% one year old French oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.0% Acidity 6.6g/L pH 3.69.
Magill Shiraz is a very important Penfolds single vineyard wine of great symbolic importance, the only current edition from the remaining original vineyard at the historic Estate. An elegant, medium-weight style with velvety texture and fine tannins, matured in both new French and American oak, it is a sleek, contemporary Shiraz, yet crafted in the old-fashioned way at the ancient wineworks. Hand-picked, vinified in open fermenters and then basket pressed, Penfolds Magill is an exclusive Adelaide Hills Shiraz from a grand and historical monopole.
A good depth of dark black cherry. The nose shows instantly recognisable Magill Estate perfume of florals and distinctive assemblage characters. Stylish cedar oak and barrel ferment characters meld in with spice, savoury/earthy notes over plum and raspberry fruits. A structurally impressive wine, medium bodied, layered, defined and integrated Valrhona chocolate and coffee grind flavours that whirl into a panaforte mix of dates and soaked/macerated plums. Tannins and oak are balanced, evident but not showy. This is a deceptively powerful 2003 that highlights careful fruit selection across its vineyard blocks and rigorous barrel culling. Immensely fine fruit flavours, assertive tannins and leathery finish.