July 2021 Week 3, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 22nd Jul 2021 (RP-92)
The 2019 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz blends fruit from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Wrattonbully and puts it into used American oak hogsheads for a year prior to bottling. Scents of vanilla jump out on the nose but quickly recede under a wave of gently caramelized plums and cherries. Full-bodied and supple on the palate, it’s concentrated and lush, with a rich, velvety finish. Once again, it’s a fine value in South Australian Shiraz, and exported to the U.S. in reasonable quantities (9,054 cases).
Drink Date 2021 – 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.
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: Cr?me 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.