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.
Purple with a darkened core
An initial impact of high-toned dark notes – a Shiraz tarriness, black-bean sauce. Following, a tussle between the spice jar’s anise and ginger… and the blender’s coffee-grind and mocha. Minutes later, without as much as the provocation of a swirl of the glass, the aromatic ascent of pan scrapings, a rich jus and smokey meats.
Bright. Volume, generous in every sense. A purple fruit spectrum unfolds – a fresh assortment of plums and dark berries – many varieties of both. What may appear to be a soft, smooth Haighs Chocolate-like mouth-coating to some… is a roasted eggplant texture/creaminess to others! Tannins – soft and even, texture - almost velvety/suede. Yet, still tarry!
Above-average winter and early spring rainfall offered the vines in South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. A warm and wet start to the spring season in McLaren Vale brought an early start to the season. A significant hail storm and high wind activity caused poor set during the flowering period. Late spring and summer were dry and warm with significant heat records being set. Warm weather prevailed during summer and throughout veraison, allowing grapes to develop evenly and with good intensity. These warm conditions came to an abrupt halt mid-February with a significant rainfall event producing a slow and even ripening process and an extended harvest.
Notes of fresh clay, black tea, rosemary, mineral and black licorice expand on the finish. The tannins are dense and thick, providing a chewy background for all the flavors. Drink now through 2028.-M.W. - Wine Spectator Magazine 91 Points
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Shiraz Kalimna Bin 28 is open for business with a gorgeous nose yielding tons of spice box and berry preserves notes, plus suggestions of licorice and chocolate box. It is soft and supple on entry in the mouth with rounded tannins, rich fruit and a long, spicy finish. - Robert Parker 91 Points