Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz 2016 Cork Bottle Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz Cork Bottle

The Penfolds Collection

Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2016

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 2022 – 2034.  Drinking well now, but will improve with time.

Taste Description

Vibrant, dense plum red, red edges.

A black Kalamata olive tapenade as a first impression, beneath an overlay of camphor and tobacco.
How to say this politely? Boot polish, bitumen, cola, granite … darkened style/varietal base notes.
Yet blackberry conserve and sour cherry fill the (fruity) treble register.
Scents of cut straw/steel cut oats fill any aromatic chord gaps. 

Full-bodied. Substantial.
Framboise des bois (raspberry) with pips/vinegar – coulis or apothecary?
Meat? Closest association noted – raw/rare venison. Not to deny the welcomed presence of chocolate torte and mocha flavours.
A “cloaked” continuum of tannins that linger and reverberate with the discipline of a vinous pendulum.
Finishes intact with a flourish of dusty graphite (input of oak?) and balanced acidity.


95 Points  - Andrew Caillard MW

95 Points  - Huon Hooke

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Upper Adelaide, and Wrattonbully.

Maturation: 12 months in seasoned American oak hogsheads.

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.8 g/L, pH: 3.64

Variety: Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions

All the major growing regions in South Australia experienced ideal conditions leading into the harvest of 2016. Overall, the season started off cool and dry, with low rainfall. Spring and early summer warmed up considerably resulting in an average growing season with little rainfall. A warm, dry spring was ideal for flowering and fruit-set.

Warm conditions prevailed in the early part of the summer allowing vines to grow well with good bunch set. Milder conditions in January allowed for optimal flavour development, with late rain refreshing the vines. Despite the challenges of a relatively dry season, ripening was even with smaller than average berries. Harvest commenced quickly with shiraz showing great colour and complex flavours.

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.

“A more prominent maturation character evident in this release … not simply primary fruit laden. True to style.”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker