Bin 28 Shiraz 2018 750mL cork bottle

The Penfolds Collection

Kalimna® Bin 28 Shiraz 2018

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.

Please note, in Australia, the bottle is available as a screw cap closure only.

When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking 2022 – 2038.  

Taste Description

Deep dark cherry-red

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.
Fresh, awakening.

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.

Winemaker Quotes

“True to form. And what form! This style of shiraz, aka Bin 28, has gobbled up all that a terrific harvest like 2018 has generously thrown its way!”

"Balance and complexity. Not too much of anything, nor too little of what really matters."

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Fleurieu, Robe, Mt Lofty Ranges, Adelaide Hills, Langhorne Creek.

Maturation: 12 months in seasoned American oak hogsheads

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.7 g/L, pH: 3.62

Variety: Shiraz.


Vintage Conditions

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.

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.

"Balance and complexity.

Not too much of anything, nor too little of what really matters.”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker