Magpie Hill Reserve Shiraz 2021
MULBERRY • BAKING SPICES • POWER WITH PRECISION
Our ﬂagship Shiraz is sourced from the highest and most central point of the vineyard, where the terroir results in a wine of great balance and plushness, framing bright fruit in velvety ﬁne tannins and muscular power. 750ml.
Magnums are available for Grand Crew wine club members.
Appearance: deep dark crimson, black cherry edges
Aroma: dark forest berries of mulberry and blackberry, blood plum, hints of soy and hoisin, roasted cardamom, pink and black peppercorns, cedar smoke, salted licorice, dried violets, dark chocolate
Palate: bright rich forest berry fruits of mulberry and blackberry; salted plum; dark salty chocolate wrapped in refined complete yet elegant tannins; good fresh acid core, salted licorice, smoked charcuterie, great persistence and mouthcoating, plush yet focused
Deep winter rains were a welcome relief after two drought seasons giving way to an earlier bud burst with a slow steady growth of canopy, producing a wall of leaves to ripen a balanced crop. Rains in mid-February and early March necessitated canopy work to give good airflow and light penetration easing disease risk. Warm conditions with warm breezes concentrated the red fruit giving full physiological ripeness of tannin and colour but still with the trademark thread of minerality that gives longevity and freshness to all the wines from the estate.
Selectively harvested early morning in early April, the fruit was cool when it arrived at the winery. It was destemmed into a closed top fermenter and allowed to cold soak naturally before the ferment was allowed to proceed, followed by gentle pumping over daily from 1-3 times. Some post-ferment maceration ensued for complexity and structure, building complete tannins with intense colours for a total of 17 days on skins; the skins were then pressed gently, creating a powerful muscular, yet refined wine.
Aged in 100% French oak (36% new, balance from 17, 18, 19) of 300L hogsheads, for 14 months on fine lees. The larger format vessel allowed better integration and retention of more freshness. Blending occurred with no fining and minimal filtration. Bottled in August 2022, released March 2023.