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Kalimna® 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, Kalimna® Bin 28 is a multi-region, multi-vineyard blend, with the Barossa Valley always well represented.
"Deep crimson. Intense dark cherry, blackberry, graphite tarry aromas with mocha espresso notes. Dense blackberry pastille, dark cherry fruits, plentiful, vigorous fine muscular/ chalky tannins and mocha dark chocolate notes. Finishes brambly firm and long. An assertive Bin 28 with plenty of richness, volume and torque but should settle down with a few years of bottle age. A lovely iron fist in a velvet glove wine. Will get even better with further bottle age. A versatile Penfolds red with the richness and flavour for early drinking and the tannin density for keeping. One to keep for a while – 94 points."
Initially, plummy fruits meshed with sweet spices (predominantly cinnamon), almond. And then a pause to imbibe the aromatic atmospherics of a patisserie:
Crème anglaise, cannoli with vanilla custard ... and classic bourbon vanilla at that!
A croquembouche’s (profiterole) hazelnut brittle.
Grated chocolate – both white and dark.
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.
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Home to the oldest vines in the country, and no less than 18 wine growing regions, South Australia accounts for almost 50% of Australia’s wine production. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra are well known for their world class reds, with Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Eden Valley praised for their exceptional Chardonnay and Riesling.
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 35°C – 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.
Key to the success of Penfolds has been a lineage of visionary winemakers. There have only ever been four Chief Winemakers at the helm of Penfolds – Max Schubert, Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago, each a custodian of a rich winemaking tradition that goes back for more than 170 years.
Our current Penfolds winemaking team has more than 100 years between them as Penfolds winemakers. They are constantly refining and improving their work, whilst honouring the winemaking techniques of their predecessors.