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2009 Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz
6 x 750ml Bottles
Cracka ReviewYou could, arguably, call this wine something of an icon really - in a good way - with a reputation of rich, chunky, full bodied consistency that goes back for many years, backed up by a cellaring reputation that every red wine loving Aussie knows about.
This vintage - which ended up as a very warm one in South Australia - is nothing if not a traditional one, with loads of rich chocolate flavours, a heap of juicy red fruit flavours, with lightish tannins and a rather generous mid palate. Strictly speaking it's not going to be a long term bin 28, but it will surely be a damn good drink over the medium term.
Winemaker's NotePETER GAGO, PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER: - “A courageous follow-on to the stellar 50th 2008 release… No apologies—typical Bin 28 with its trademark early or later drinking option of choice.” “Decanting mandatory—to unleash and open up what lurks beneath this tightly-coiled marquee.”
Colour - Dense core, purple rim.
Nose - Red fruits, and only a skerrick of detectable oak.
At first, wafts of a ‘deconstructed’ sweet mince tart, dates, prunes… Later, higher notes of brulée/bread and butter pudding, cinnamon. Throughout, a staggered scented release of musk, bay-leaf and tobacco. Quite the aromatic chromatogram!
Palate - Raspberry, and black fruits abound. Chocolate, black licorice… and surprisingly nuances of (cold) oyster sauce. Sleek tannins, belying the wine’s textural plushness. Well-integrated, seasoned oak. Balanced.