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Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz 2016

The Penfolds wine with the fewest travel miles. It’s grown and made on-site at the Magill winery on the kind-of-outskirts of Adelaide. It spends 13 months in new French and American oak.

I have so much history with this wine that I’ve now blocked it on Facebook. I jest; the point is that I bring a deal to the table before I’ve lifted the first glass. It’s single vineyard and special and unique in the Penfolds line but more than anything it’s a festival of oak. It wears a t-shirt with the words HISTORY IS YESTERDAY’S NEWS emblazoned on the front. Actually no it doesn’t. It’s more like BE SOMEONE ELSE. This 2016 though is bold, brilliantly red/black fruited (a gobful of red licorice, inter alia), sloshed with creamy, resiny, vanillin oak and quite desperately impressive, despite itself, and despite me. I thought I had it covered and in a clinch it threw an uppercut that I never saw coming. Lights out. It’s one of the best Magill Estate’s I’ve seen.

Tasted : Oct18
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $150
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2021 - 2034+
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