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Penfolds Grange Magill Estate Shiraz 2016

14.5% - Australia
Robert Parker 96/100

Lively deep magenta. Florals omnipresent – lavender, lilac, nasturtium Welcomed V.A. propelled by Magill fruits, coupled by a barrel ferment nut husk. Croissant … sweet/flaky pastry (oak derived?) • Crème brulée … burnt sugar (and hazelnut/mocha Italian liqueur?) • Torte … chocolate/truffle, praline. Forceful. A palate certainly densely packed, yet still structurally meshed, woven. In 2016 the microclimate(s) and soils of Magill’s undulating 5.2ha have released flavours of liquorice (red), anise, sour cherry and molasses. Also, and not to omit – hazelnut brulée snap/crust, possibly derived via both oak and fruit? A structural sum of its (winemaking) parts – open fermentation/daily rack and returns/basket pressed/ barrel fermentation – texturally consistent, tannins explained; balance and longevity ensured."