Magpie Hill Reserve Shiraz 2021 Bottle

Magpie Hill Reserve Shiraz 2021

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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.


97 points, James Halliday
Superb colour; hand-picked fruit from highest and most central point of the vineyard, yet has the lowest alcohol of the three shirazes. This is a magnificent shiraz, with seemingly endless layers of blackberries, plums fresh and stewed, and rounded, plush tannins.

95 points, Wine Pilot
Ripe and generous with opulent rich fruit. It certainly is a step up from the very good Single Vineyard Shiraz loaded with ripe juicy plummy fruit underpinned by a chalky tannin precision. The sweet fruit is given a little boost with the sprinkle of spices and dried herbs, while the French oak management is right on the money. The smooth and seamless palate is a joy.

93 points, The Real Review

Halliday Top 5 Star Winery
Halliday defines top five-stars as "Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity"

Tasting notes

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.

Wine specs
  • Vintage 2021
  • Alcohol 14.2%
  • Varietal Shiraz
  • Bottling date August 2022
  • Region Great Southern, Western Australia
  • Sub-region Porongurup
  • Residual sugar <2 g/l
  • pH 3.63
  • Acidity 8.4 g/l

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