AT A GLANCE:
Name of wine estate: Penfolds Magill Estate
Wine region: Adelaide Hills
Standout points: The birthplace of one of Australia’s founding winemaking stories; the iconic Grange
Winemaker: Peter Gago
Wine style: Multi-vineyard, multi-district blends, with a soul of Shiraz
A legendary Shiraz
Grange – the ultimate expression of Penfolds’ multi-vineyard, multi-district blending philosophy, with an unbroken line of vintages stretching back to 1951, all of which are lovingly stored in a hushed recess deep within the century-old Magill Estate cellar. Penfolds Magill Estate is where the late Max Schubert first conceived of and produced his now legendary Shiraz. Nestled in the sheltered haunches of the Mounty Lofty Ranges, the estate is located just 8km from the city of Adelaide, making it one of only a very few urban single vineyards in the world.
The ‘hidden’ Grange
A trip to the Adelaide Hills would nary be complete without a tour of the historic Magill Estate. A wide range of experiences now feature the recently redeveloped ‘Drives’ (tunnels) that showcase the original resting spot of Max Schubert’s ‘hidden’ Grange, from the 1958 vintage. The standard tour will begin at the original Grange Cottage, the 1844 home of Penfolds founders Christopher and Mary Penfold. You’ll then have the chance to explore the surrounding vineyard and delve into the underground cellars as you venture into the heart the original Penfolds winery. Finally, from the comfort of one the estate’s private tasting rooms, you will sample from a selection of Penfolds’ most coveted wines – including the flagship Grange.
What’s on the menu?
Beyond the Cellar Door, another impressive facet of the Magill Estate is its fine dining offering. Indulging in the stunning degustation menu at the Magill Estate Kitchen with gorgeous views of the historic Penfolds vineyard and Adelaide city is highly recommended. With the ever-inventive head chef Scott Huggins in charge in the kitchen, this is one of South Australia’s finest food and wine experiences – as befits the most famous name in Australian wine.