Deepest purple in hue. Beetroot, earth, violet, black berries, touch of panforte open the wine. Penfolds winemakers admit the 2019 is at the riper end of the Magill spectrum with an alcohol of 14.5%, however, it must be said, that generosity suits the style. The lean-ness of the past could be confronting in some years. Which is not to suggest that the Magill structure of old is missing, it’s just the bones are better covered, fleshed out, this time around. Plums, dark cherry, a fresh-cut raspberry fruitiness moves in line with plenty of spice and chocolate. It plays out against a warm, textural background, aided and abetted by supple tannins and well-judged oak. Love the lift of sweet shiraz fruit towards the finish and the depth of promise that lies at the heart of this wine.
Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz 2019