94 Points Robert Parker
Very deep purple-black in color, the 2012 Magill Estate Shiraz is made with 100% estate fruit and is aged 15 months in 65% new French oak and 30% new American oak and 5% in one year old American oak hogsheads (for a total of 95% new oak). The nose opens to aromas of warm blackberries and black cherries – very pure fruit scents – plus plenty of cedar, cloves and a lovely spiciness of Sichuan pepper. Taut, vibrant and expressive with a touch of vanilla coming through on the palate, this medium-bodied Shiraz has firm and grainy tannins and a long, lively finish.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. October, 2014
97 Points James Halliday
Utterly exceptional colour, not normally one of Magill's strong points, opens proceedings. The bouquet adds a layer to the expectation engendered by the colour, with sweet leather a la the Hunter Valley, licorice, and a caravan of spices. The sheer finesse of the palate brings the wheel full circle; French oak adds to the cedary/savoury/spicy elements behind the blackberry and plum fruit. Joins the '06 as the best ever Magill Estate. Drink to 2037.
Source: James Halliday. September, 2014
94 Points Tyson Stelzer
The 30th consecutive release represents one of the great vintages for Magill. Swirling with blue and black fruits, mixed spice, liquorice and high cocoa dark chocolate, this is a powerful and deeply concentrated expression of the inimitable personality of this vineyard in the Adelaide suburbs. There is a succulence and a glossy polish to this release, while sustaining an impressively fine and commanding presence of finely structured tannins and, in time, subtle gamey complexity. Drink 2022 - 2032.
Source: Tyson Stelzer.