2013 Penfolds Bin 28 "Kalimna" Shiraz South Australia (Elsewhere $33)
An inky Shiraz, rich, dense and chewy with dark berry, liquorice and tar underpinned with spicy oak. Heroic wine that needs to be matched with fairly robust red meat dishes or allowed to age in bottle for at least a few years. Solidly structured with sweet tannins. Very impressive.
Sourced from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek; matured for 12 months in used American hogsheads handed down from prior duties with Grange, Bin 389 and so forth. Healthy and deep colour, it has a rich bouquet with licorice, spice, dark chocolate and blackberry all in unison. Good stuff indeed, with the savoury/inky/graphite impact of the very long, balanced medium to full bodied palate. This could well evolve into one of the great Bin 28s.
A statement of blackberry fruit, textbook Barossa shiraz, this has attractive fruit purity - exactly what this wine should be. The palate has been neatly carved but not over-dressed, more blackberry fruit here, chalky, grainy tannins, a little chocolate, bold and youthful. Best in 5 years. (JS)
McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Padthaway and aged for a year in used American oak hogsheads): Bright violet color. Highly aromatic scents of cassis, blackberry, vanilla and violet, with a smoky Indian spice overtone. Rich, layered and alluringly sweet, offering densely packed flavors of dark berry preserves, spicecake and floral pastilles. Opulent yet lively Shiraz with no apparent no rough edges. Smooth tannins add shape and grip to a very long, smoke-tinged finish, with the berry note strongly repeating. (JR)
Thick and velvety flavors of plum and cassis are ripe and generous, showing hints of black tea, mineral and herbs on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 4,729 cases imported. (MW)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz Kalimna Bin 28 has a wonderfully exuberant nose of ripe blackberries and blueberries with cracked pepper, roses and asphalt nuances. Medium to full-bodied and open-for-business now, it provides plenty of earth-laced black fruits flavors with a good amount of chew and a long finish. (LPB)
Winemaker's Notes: " Bin 28 offers a showcase of warm-climate Australian Shiraz - ripe, robust and generously flavoured. First made in 1959, Bin 28 is named after the famous Barossa Valley Kalimna Vineyard purchased by Penfolds in 1945 and from which the wine was originally sourced. Today, Bin 28 is a multi-region, multi-vineyard blend, with the Barossa Valley always well represented. The wine is 100% Shiraz from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Langhorne Creek. It is a deep dense red. The nose is a black aromatic theme - graphite, flint, char, black fruits. A sensitive yet apparent veil of oak - ever so shy, compliant. Scents from the baker - Christmas pudding, replete with brandy and Cointreau-soaked currants; and from the chef - roasted meats, jus, pan-scrapings. On the palate the wine is full and expansive. An immersion of flavour saturation and a textural continuum across the palate. Mouth-coating sweet tannins and balanced acidity - never confronted by any threat of new oak. Black olive and chocolate notes resonate with an abundance of fruits, plum, blackberries, wild blueberries. Persistent length and flavour, finishing firm and assertive."