The Penfolds Collection

Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2014

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.

When To Drink

Peak drinking now - 2032.  Drinking well now, but will improve with time.

Taste Description

Colour
Deep dense red.

Nose
Classic, dark.
A black aromatic theme – graphite, flint, char, black jelly bean…
A sensitive yet apparent veil of oak – ever so shy, compliant.
Scents from the baker – Christmas pudding, replete with brandy and Cointreau-soaked currants;
And from the chef – roasted meats, jus, pan-scrapings. 

Palate
Full and expansive. An immersion of flavour saturation and a textural continuum across the palate.
Mouth-coating sweet tannins and balanced acidity…never confronted by any threat of new oak.
Black olive and chocolate notes resonate with an abundance of fruits – plum, prune, blackberries, wild blueberries…
Persistent length and flavour, finishing firm and assertive..

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, and Padthaway.

Maturation: 12 months in seasoned American oak hogsheads.

Variety: Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions

After a dry South Australian winter reminiscent of 2006, vines were in water deficit at the beginning of spring and therefore became accustomed to dry conditions quite early. Early budburst was noticeable across many regions and windy conditions during flowering were, in some regions, responsible for variable fruit set and lower than average yields come vintage. Dry spring conditions explained canopy growth and low yields, becoming typical of the 2013 growing season.

Warm days were dispersed throughout October, November and in early January, contributing to an early start to the 2013 harvest and a short, condensed vintage. Dry and warm conditions, coupled with lower than average yields resulted in Shiraz showing strong, structural tannins, wines of great intensity and encouraging flavour. 

History
First produced in 1959, Bin 28 is Penfolds earliest Bin-range wine. The first releases were single-vineyard wines made from the renowned Kalimna Vineyard in the Barossa Valley.  Bin 28 was first made while Grange was still being made in secrecy.
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