Penfolds Magill Estate Monopole 2015

100% Shiraz with 18 months in French oak and American hogsheads.

“Nose: Magill Shiraz fruits tempered by barrel ferment artefact – oily Brazil nut/chestnut and gunmetal oil/soot. An active ferment in open-fermenters hasn’t blown off the generous offer of mixed spices – crushed black pepper, star anise, peppercorn, sandalwood and bayleaf. Alluring scents of broiled silverside and cured red-meats invoke a compelling desire to sip rather than smell! Palate: Medium-bodied … but only in the context of this year’s Collection line-up. A fruity succulence, laden with summer-pudding, black forest cake, preserved plum and blackberry flavours. True to label, the acidity is both fresh and inviting (more-ish!) – replete with a quince-like acid ‘edge’ and a dabble of cinnamon. Tannins are fine and powdery; oak is balanced and absorbed.

100% Shiraz with 18 months in French oak and American hogsheads.

“Nose: Magill Shiraz fruits tempered by barrel ferment artefact – oily Brazil nut/chestnut and gunmetal oil/soot. An active ferment in open-fermenters hasn’t blown off the generous offer of mixed spices – crushed black pepper, star anise, peppercorn, sandalwood and bayleaf. Alluring scents of broiled silverside and cured red-meats invoke a compelling desire to sip rather than smell! Palate: Medium-bodied … but only in the context of this year’s Collection line-up. A fruity succulence, laden with summer-pudding, black forest cake, preserved plum and blackberry flavours. True to label, the acidity is both fresh and inviting (more-ish!) – replete with a quince-like acid ‘edge’ and a dabble of cinnamon. Tannins are fine and powdery; oak is balanced and absorbed.