Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2013

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2013

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Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale & Others, South Australia, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Shiraz

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Producer: Penfolds

Country: Australia

Region: Multi Regional SA

Vintage: 2013

Critic Score: 95

Alcohol: 14.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2040

An inky Shiraz, rich, dense and chewy. Heroic wine. Very impressive - Bob Campbell MW

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz is the archetypal 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.

"Good stuff indeed, with the savoury/inky/graphite impact of the very long, balanced medium to full-bodied palate. This could well evolve into one of the great Bin 28s."  James Halliday

The 2013 Bin 28 Kalimna was sourced from vineyards in the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. The wine was matured for 12 months in American oak hogsheads.

"Medium-deep crimson. Fresh and plush blackberry and liquorice aromas with herb garden notes. Surprisingly well-rounded with inky blackberry and mulberry fruits, fine plentiful chocolaty-but-perfectly-ripe velvety tannins. Finishes firm and tight with long sweet fruit. Drink now to 2035.

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."  Penfolds

Expert reviews

"An inky Shiraz, rich, dense and chewy with dark berry, liquorice and tar underpinned with spicy oak. Heroic wine that needs to be matched with fairly robust red meat dishes or allowed to age in bottle for at least a few years. Solidly structured with sweet tannins. Very impressive."  Bob Campbell MW - 95 points

"Sourced from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek; matured for 12 months in used American hogsheads handed down from prior duties with Grange, Bin 389 and so forth. Healthy and deep colour, it has a rich bouquet with licorice, spice, dark chocolate and blackberry all in unison. Good stuff indeed, with the savoury/inky/graphite impact of the very long, balanced medium to full-bodied palate. This could well evolve into one of the great Bin 28s. Drink by 2033."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 94 points

"Deep red colour with a strong purple rim. The bouquet is sappy, blood plummy and lightly herbal, with sweet, almost jammy inflexions from very ripe fruit. The palate is concentrated and dense, with an amplitude of black fruit flavours, richness and density, the tannins quite robust and just a touch rustic. Indeed, the palate is grippy, the after-palate very firm and authoritative, with long-term aging indicated. On the down-side, it's a little aggressive to be drinking now. Cellar! Drink: 2018-2038."  Huon Hooke, The Real Review - 93 points

"This is a very good release of Kalimna I think. Blackberry nip, Maltesers, brown spices, subtle dried herb perfume. It's full bodied, quite thick and grunting, with firm grainy tannin, a slight saline character and plenty of robust dark berry fruit and dark chocolate flavour. The tannin rolls out thick on the finish. Bold chewy wine. Needs a good few years of cellaring I think. Drink : 2018 – 2033."  Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – 92+ points

After the success of early sherries and fortified wines, founders Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold planted the vine cuttings they had carried on their voyage over to Australia. In 1844 the fledging vineyard was officially established as the Penfolds wine company at Magill Estate.

As the company grew, so too did Dr Penfold's medical reputation, leaving much of the running of the winery to Mary Penfold. Early forays into Clarets and Rieslings proved increasingly popular, and on Christopher's death in 1870, Mary assumed total responsibility for the winery. Mary's reign at the helm of Penfolds saw years of determination and endeavour.

By the time Mary Penfold retired in 1884 (ceding management to her daughter, Georgina) Penfolds was producing 1/3 of all South Australia's wine. She'd set an agenda that continues today, experimenting with new methods in wine production. By Mary's death in 1896, the Penfolds legacy was well on its way to fruition. By 1907, Penfolds had become South Australia's largest winery.

In 1948, history was made again as Max Schubert became the company's first Chief Winemaker. A loyal company man and true innovator, Schubert would propel Penfolds onto the global stage with his experimentation of long-lasting wines - the creation of Penfolds Grange in the 1950s.

In 1959 (while Schubert was perfecting his Grange experiment in secret), the tradition of ‘bin wines' began. The first, a Shiraz wine with the grapes of the company's own Barossa Valley vineyards was simply named after the storage area of the cellars where it is aged. And so Kalimna Bin 28 becomes the first official Penfolds Bin number wine.

In 1960, the Penfolds board instructed Max Schubert to officially re-start production on Grange. His determination and the quality of the aged wine had won them over.

Soon, the medals began flowing and Grange quickly became one of the most revered wines around the world. In 1988 Schubert was named Decanter Magazine's Man of the Year, and on the 50th anniversary of its birth, Penfolds Grange was given a heritage listing in South Australia.

Despite great success, Penfolds never rests on its laurels. In 2012 Penfolds released its most innovative project to date - 12 handcrafted ampoules of the rare 2004 Kalimna Block Cabernet Sauvignon.

Two years later, Penfolds celebrated the 170th anniversary – having just picked up a perfect score of 100 for the 2008 Grange in two of the world's most influential wine magazines. Today, Penfolds continues to hold dear the philosophies and legends – ‘1844 to evermore!'.

Wine region map of South Australia

South Australia

South Australian is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. It is home to more than 900 wineries across 18 wine regions. The regions are Adelaide Hills, Adelaide Plains, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Currency Creek, Eden Valley, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, Padthaway, Riverland, Robe, Southern Fleurieu, Southern Flinders Ranges and Wrattonbully.

Many of the well-known names in the South Australian wine industry established their first vineyards in the late 1830s and early 1840s. The first vines in McLaren Vale were planted at Reynella in 1839 and Penfold's established Magill Estate on the outskirts of Adelaide in 1844.

South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the State to be able to produce a range of grape varieties - from cool climate Riesling in the Clare and Eden Vallies to the big, full bodied Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Two of Australia's best-known wines, Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, are produced here. There is much to discover in South Australia for the wine lover.