STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz was first made in 1959. The wine was called after the Kalimna vineyard in the Barossa Valley from which the grapes were originally sourced. Today, as with other leading Penfolds wines, it is blended from grapes widely sourced, what Penfolds describes as its multi-region, multi-vineyard philosophy.
It is the job of the winemaker to blend the different parcels of grapes into a recognisable style. The result is a consistently strong wine, as Andrew Baldwin, one of the Penfolds’ red winemakers, remarked: ‘Bin 28 defines the Penfolds character: generous in style, delicious to drink and dependable every vintage.’ Incidentally, the bin in the wine’s name is an historical quirk: it refers to the batch identification number that the original wine had in the Penfolds cellar back in the day.
On the nose rich, dark-berried fruit accented with vanilla and spices. Grated chocolate. On the palate raspberry and chocolate notes with a hint of spice. Medium to full-bodied.
Robert Parker 93/100: '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.'
Andrew Caillard MW 94 points: 'lovely iron fist in a velvet glove wine...will get even better with further bottle age.' He added that it had the richness and flavour for early drinking and the tannin density for keeping.