Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: July 22, 2020 (JS-94)
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. Will age very well for 15-plus years. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
July 2020 Penfolds Releases, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 22nd Jul 2020 (RP-93)
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. While it may not have single-vineyard snob appeal, it’s a delicious wine for drinking over the next decade and a relative value.
Drink Date 2020 – 2030
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.Kalimna? Bin 28 offers a showcase of warm climate Australian shiraz ? ripe, robust and generously flavoured.
VARIETAL Syrah / Shiraz
Color: Deep dark cherry-red
Nose: Initially, plummy fruits meshed with sweet spices (predominantly cinnamon), almond. And then a pause to imbibe the aromatic atmospherics of a patisserie: Creme anglaise, cannoli with vanilla custard … and classic bourbon vanilla at that! A croquembouche’s (profiterole) hazelnut brittle. Grated chocolate ? both white and dark. Fresh, awakening.
Palate: Medium-bodied. Raspberry/chocolate flavours with a sprinkling of spice and cola. Symptoms: Fleshy, and an almost glycerolic texture; bulbous/expansive palate profile. Diagnosis: Tannins ? integrated/embedded ? supportive, not standing apart. Oak ? no obtrusive flavours to speak of … yet all the benefits of a calm maturation is seasoned hogsheads. Acidity ? in tune with the wine?s weight and structure. Cure: Rest in bottle for a year or two. Needs time.
South Australia’s viticultural regions experienced relatively dry conditions, and near long-term winter/spring temperatures during vine dormancy and at the beginning of the growing season. After a racing start, a short spell of cooler weather in early November slowed down grapevine development. Warm and sunny weather prevailed throughout most of spring, providing optimal conditions for flowering and fruit-set. Summer was warm, Barossa Valley experienced 22 days of temperature greater than 35?C while McLaren Vale experienced 17 days of temperature greater than 35C with a maximum of 42.1 C on January 18th. Padthaway, Robe and Wrattonbully also had a warm, dry growing season by regional standards. Late flowering and the delayed onset of veraison throughout the south-east slowed harvest by a few weeks. The warm and dry weather carried into autumn, setting up an Indian summer with favourable conditions for ripening grapes.