Magpie Estate 'The Malcolm' Magnum
The first release of ‘The Malcolm’ Shiraz was the 1994 vintage and it quickly became a legendary wine with the follow on 1995 and 1996 releases. Our goal has always been to push the boundaries of Shiraz - to pick ultra-ripe and then age in all new oak for longer than typical maturation. Importantly the final wine, although considered powerful and full-bodied, was superbly well balanced and complex. This is the first release since the 2012 wine. The 2017 Malcolm is quite unique in that it is the first wine made using only the highest quality fruit from our recently acquired, first estate vineyard, the Smalltown vineyard, in the prized Ebenezer sub-region of northern Barossa Valley. We selected just a few rows from the original 1992 plantings that quickly looked like they were going to special.The vines are dry grown and cluster thinned for maximum flavour intensity and the bunches were left to hang longer than is typical for fruit used in other Magpie Estate wines. After fermentation, the wine was aged for 15 months in new French oak puncheons, and then racked into new American oak puncheons for the final 15 months of maturation. Very rich, dark cherry red in the glass. The nose offers up intense fruit aromas of black cherry and plum, alongside toasty mocha oak, liquorice and spice. Rich and textured with a velvety palate. This is an intensely flavoured Barossa Shiraz with great complexity and tannins that give the wine great length. The 2017 is quite an elegant style, yet still a very rich Shiraz, showing the depth of fruit of the 2017 vintage. Voluptuous, hedonistic and drinkable now with good aeration, although the wine clearly has many years ahead of it. The Malcolm Shiraz is only released in the finest vintages in small volume to ensure the quality standard is maintained, and the reputation for capturing the true essence of Barossa Shiraz upheld. This release will rank alongside the best Malcolm's we have made, we are genuinely excited about this wine!! 110 dozen produced.
Indivually numbered and wooden boxed. Very Limited,