July 2021 Week 3, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 22nd Jul 2021 (RP-93)
A homage to warmer-region, South Australian shiraz, this has a rich and smooth delivery of ripe blackberries and red-to-dark plums on the nose. The wine has taken its 12 months in American oak (16% new) well and truly in its stride. Plush and suave mouth-feel here, this is effortless and a style that sits right in the Penfolds sweet spot. A blend of McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Clare Valley. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
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: 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.