2018 Penfolds "Bin 28 Kalimna" Shiraz South Australia

SKU #1491929 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A strong vintage for warmer-climate shiraz and this wine is certainly reaping the benefits. The nose has such eclectic fruit aromas that run a full spectrum, from the lighter spiced red-fruit aromas to red plums, through blue fruit to darker blackberries and plums. The palate has impressively layered flavors that run the same broad spectrum as seen on the nose and the tannins are so well groomed and run very, very long. Holds fruit flavor deep. Inner quote mark (7/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark While named for a Barossa vineyard/locale, the 2018 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, like other recent vintages, is blended from various South Australian GIs. With its rich, dark-berried fruit accented with vanilla, it does a more-than-credible job re-creating that northern Barossan idiom. It's full-bodied, concentrated and plush without going over the top, finishing long and velvety. (JC) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Shows terrific concentration, with dense and chewy tannins providing an appealing backdrop to the blueberry, dried cherry, date and candied ginger flavors. Tobacco, tomato leaf and espresso notes linger on the finish. *Top 100 Wines of 2020* Inner quote mark (11/2020)

92 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Deep, dark red/purple colour, with a smoky, toasty-charred oaky bouquet, with underlying blackberry and dark plum fruits. Traces of star anise and graphite, the finish lingering with drying tarry tannins. Fleshy and deep, a wine with potential to reveal more in time. A stylish wine with stuffing as well as elegance. (HH) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

92 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark The first Kalimna Shiraz (in '58) was entirely from the Kalimna Vineyard, but the ensuing decades have turned Kalimna into a trademarked gallop around 9 SA regions, the wine matured in used American hogsheads. If you want a friendly labrador wine, this is it. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Shimmering violet. Candied cherry and black raspberry on the perfumed nose, along with suggestions of pipe tobacco and potpourri. Smooth and expansive in the mouth, offering juicy, spice-laced dark berry and cherry-cola flavors that turn sweeter as the wine opens up. Round, well-knit tannins add shape to a long, smoky finish that emphatically echoes the cherry and floral notes. (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2021)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Bin 28 is focused on warm-climate shiraz, including Barossa fruit—the wine was originally named for the Kalimna Vineyard in Barossa, though the blend ranges more broadly now. There’s warmth in the boldness of the red-fruit flavors, making them open and yielding, but the wine isn’t thick. It’s an earthy shiraz with the grace and elegance of a well-blended Penfolds wine. Inner quote mark (2/2021)


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