Origin: Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Wrattonbully, Port Lincoln, Clare Valley / South Australia / Australia
Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then a series of stand-out wines both white and red have been released under the Penfolds masthead.
Bin 28 offers a showcase of warm climate Australian shiraz – ripe, robust and generously flavoured. First made in 1959, Bin 28 was original 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.
Deep, dense cherry-black in colour, dark and brooding on the nose. Primary blackberry fruits and black olive tapenade notes segue to black jelly bean; soot. A formic/V.A. lift merges with odours reminiscent of the burnt crystallised crust of a freshly (over) baked fruitcake. Caramelised black fig, quince and quandong paste, and juniper add to the evocative mix. Certainly ripe, but not overripe. At once Bin 28 Shiraz. The palate? sheen/shine/gloss/flesh – which to choose to best describe the immediate impression of that first sip? Or maybe all four?! And yet there’s an enlivening acidity that drives the palate … a palate-shape of three dimensions – or as overheard “Well put together”. Embracing, interwoven, malleable tannins support a chewy appetising mouthfeel. But what does it actually taste like? Bitter chocolate to the fore, pipe tobacco and a mass of dark-berried fruits throughout. Oak? Look harder …it’s there!