Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Shiraz 2008
Attractive, deep red with purple hues. Richly aromatic and strongly varietal, the wine boasts lashings of plum and spice with fragrant dark fruits. . . . Hints of coffee and dark chocolate aromas are balanced by well handled oak tones. A full-flavored, medium-bodied wine with rich flavors of juicy red plum, dark berry, and generous chocolate across the palate. A vanilla-bean character combines with underlying savory oak flavors. A vibrant and fruit-driven style with soft, well-rounded tannins on the finish. Pair with beef ragout or lamb shanks in a red wine sauce.
In 1844 Dr. Penfold and his wife Mary purchased the 500-acre Magill (originally Mackgill) estate on the outskirts of Adelaide. Initially their wines, made from grenache, were prescribed as tonic wines for anemic patients. Harking back to this origin of prescribed tonics, roadside billboards in Australia used to read "Penfolds 1844 to Evermore." Following Dr Penfold's death in 1870, the vineyards and winery were left in the very capable hands of his wife Mary. The estate remained in the Penfold family until 1976 and is currently owned by Treasury Wine Estates. This range of wines pay homage to the marriage of Thomas Hyland and Georgina Penfold and the life they had in Adelaide, the home of Penfolds.