I’ve always been a fan of the Penfolds wine label design. They keep a constant, classic style which I think oozes “quality”. One thing that I don’t like though, is the sheer number of different wines they seem to do. Is Bin 28 better than Bin 128?? All I know is that I’d like to get my hands on some Penfolds Grange (no matter what Gary Vay-ner-chuck thinks!).
To further investigate the many “bins” I popped over to the Penfolds website.
Max Schubert believed that PENFOLDS needed wines crafted in the image of his legendary Grange. “Not the same,” said Max, “but similar.” PENFOLDS had long maintained a system of numbered ‘bins’ in the cellar where the finest wines, often for the exclusive enjoyment of the company’s directors, were stored. Max happily used this system to give clear and well defined identities to the new wines he was planning, starting with the famous Bin 2 of 1962.
Ah! That makes it a little clearer! Digging a little deeper I found the info I was looking for about the Kalimna Shiraz.
Introduced as one of the first Bin wines within the PENFOLDS portfolio, Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz has become an Australian classic. Indeed this wine style has universal appeal because of its intense fruit definition, ripe fleshy palate structure and generosity of flavour.
A multi-district blend since the late 1970’s it has won “Red Wine of the Year” twice, in 1991 and 1995 at the International Wine Challenge, held each year in London.
Interestingly, they provide a downloadable PDF of tasting notes for the 2004 vintage. Who needs those when you have my drunken scribblings to marvel at!!
Okay, these may need some deciphering. Basically the wine starts harsh but has a nice smooth finish, a slight apple/sweetness in the juicy aftertaste. There’s a “pluminess” to the wine that makes me think of purple (!). It’s lovely with or without food and seriously is a contender for 5 stars.
I had to have a second bottle of this wine (not on the same night!) as it was such a serious 5 star contender. In the end I feel it doesn’t quite make it but it’s the best “new” 4 star red wine I’ve tasted all year.
Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2004