2013 Penfolds Bin 28 "Kalimna" Shiraz South Australia (Elsewhere $33)

SKU #1246372 95 points Bob Campbell

 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.

94 points James Halliday

 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.

92 points James Suckling

 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)  (1/2016)

91 points Vinous

 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)  (3/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (4/2016)

90 points 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)  (9/2015)

K&L Notes

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."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2016 | Send Email
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I think given the pedigree and quality of this wine it's an incredible deal. Sourced from some of the best vineyards across South Australia, crafted by one of the most skilled and experienced winemaking teams in the world; this totally over delivers for our sharp price of $25 bottle. Rich red and black fruits, soft, plush texture, sweet spices, beautiful interwoven oak tones and incredible length on the palate. Very accessible now but also has a decade of ageing potential if you can leave it alone in the cellar. Unmistakable Penfolds luxury style with a very affordable price tag.
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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2016 | Send Email
Though a bit young and reserved at the moment, the Penfolds wines of 2013 are exceptionally powerful and pleasurable bottles. Of the three we tasted, the "Kalimna" Shiraz is perhaps the most approachable right now, showing deep, dark flavors of plum, cassis, and blackberry, coffee bean and dark chocolate. While there's plenty of viscosity and power here, the wine is impressively balanced, showing a supportive and comfortable acidity, while fruit extraction is generally under control but no less vivid.

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley