Released today, in the year of Penfolds 170th Anniversary, the 2010 Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz commemorates the extraordinary journey of Penfolds – from 1844 to 2014. This rare, single block, single vineyard wine was produced from the outstanding 2010 vintage and is released as part of the 2014 Icon and Luxury Collection.
Created only once before in 1973, Bin 170 is sourced exclusively from old vines planted in the ancient soils of Block 3C, Kalimna Vineyard, located in the Barossa Valley. 100% hand‐picked and sensitively crafted, this unblended wine evokes a unique sense of place, commands attention, requests little, and appreciates your patience.
Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker says: "How to define such a wine?! It's a Kalimna Monopole - an enigma last crafted and captured in bottle four decades ago, in 1973."
"From the ancient soils of Kalimna, it's a juxtaposition of older times & the contemporary. It's certainly a befitting wine to commemorate Penfolds intriguing and ever-changing 170 year journey."
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The 1973 Bin 170, the first and only other vintage, was experimental and sourced entirely from the nineteenth-century Kalimna Vineyard. It was originally intended to be blended with Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon to become the 1973 vintage of Bin 60A. However due to its superior fruit quality, a decision was made to keep the parcels separate and thus Bin 170 was launched as a stand‐alone wine.
In 2010 the fruit produced from Block 3C in the Kalimna Vineyard was so outstanding that it was put aside for the second-only vintage of Bin 170. Vines on the Barossa Valley floor and north-western regions arguably benefited from the best conditions seen within a decade. According to Peter Gago, it was the "Millennium vintage that arrived a decade late."
The 2010 Bin 170 has a classic Kalimna nose, with trademark red fruits and a familial old-worldliness. The palate is viscous, velvety and voluminous. The oak is totally absorbed allowing blueberry fruits and a black-pudding textural imprint to stake ownership during this phase.
How should one enjoy such a wine? "Decompress via a decant and watch this unblended and pure offering from Kalimna's Block 3C reluctantly unravel over hours," says Peter Gago.
"Though leave it a little while if you can – from between 2014-2055 – or for peak drinking, cellar it until Penfolds 200th Anniversary!"
The 2010 Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz is available from 1 May at fine wine stores internationally , the Penfolds Cellar Doors and online via penfolds.com (Australian visitors only).
Download the 2010 Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz tasting note