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.
Primary blackberry fruits and black olive tapenade notes segue to black jelly bean; soot. A formic/V.A. lift merges with odors reminiscent of the burnt crystallized 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. 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
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking now - 2040