Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz

Cellar or enjoy

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. ?

Vintage History:

In 1973, Penfolds crafted an experimental Bin 170 sourced entirely from the nineteenth-century Kalimna Vineyard in the Barossa Valley. 100% Shiraz, all of the grapes were picked from Block 3C – a venerated parcel that is often included in the Grange blend. In 2010, the Penfolds winemakers kept Block 3C separate, realising they had the potential to re-create a Penfolds classic.
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Origin Kalimna Vineyard, Block 3C. Barossa Valley.
Maturation 16 months in French oak hogsheads (55% new, 45% 1-y.o.).
Variety Shiraz.
First Vintage 1973.
98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (US) Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz 2010

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Behind Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz

Peter Gago
Penfolds Chief Winemaker

“A Kalimna Monopole, an enigma last crafted and captured in bottle four decades ago, in 1973.”

“Watch this unblended and pure Block 3C offering reluctantly ‘unravel’ over hours. Decompress via a decant!”

“From the ancient soils of Kalimna a juxtaposition of ‘older times’ and the contemporary.

How to define such a wine?! A befitting wine to commemorate Penfolds intriguing and everchanging 170 years.”

Penfolds vintage conditions - grape harvest


Representative of the region, vines on the Barossa Valley floor and north-western regions arguably benefited from the best conditions seen within this decade. Peter Gago has often declared this as “the Millennium vintage that arrived a decade late.” After above-average winter rains filled dams to capacity and onset of an early but welcome spring, budburst brought the region to life in August. Consistent and slower growth continued and overlaid flowering and fruit set. Not immune to the small November heatwave, some shatter and poor set was observed however Shiraz proved to be quite resilient. December temperatures were much cooler, offering vines ideal growing conditions leading to veraison in early January. Enduring warmth, minus the temperature spikes of recent vintages resulted in exceptional colour development, concentrated flavour development, accumulating tannins that reached maturity.