Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Penfolds Bin 28 is a showcase for warm-climate Australian shiraz - ripe, robust and generously flavoured. First made in 1962, 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, multivineyard blend, with the Barossa Valley always well represented, providing over 45% of the fruit for this vintage.
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
Fragrant black fruits, earth, spice and vanilla; medium-bodied; very good structure, flow and mouthfeel; at the elegant end of the '02 spectrum (14.5° alcohol). Cork. Rating 93 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2005).
Not what you might be expecting. Low on oak, or it is once it’s breathed a bit, with rich plummy fruit that has a distinct, elegant spiciness rarely seen in Penfolds Kalimna – though there’s yet lots of cedary kirsch characters and fine, chocolatey tannins. The alcohol is warm, and noticeable, and I’d be surprised if there isn’t a tick of volatility here. Rating 91 - Drink by 2020, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au (JAN/2005).
The antithesis of the Bin 128 is Penfolds’ 2002 Shiraz Bin 28 Kalimna, which comes from warmer vineyards. A fuller-bodied effort, it possesses sweet berry and plum-like fruit, notions of white chocolate and pepper, a deeper, fleshier feel in the mouth, good exuberance, and a chunky personality. It should age for a decade or more. Rating 89 - Robert M. Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (OCT/2005).
Winery Tasting Notes
Medium deep red.
A lovely vintage. The wine is fresh and primary with blackberry, liquorice, camomile, spice aromas
Sweet plump blackberry, liquorice flavours and dense, ripe, generous, chocolaty tannins. Delicious to drink now but will steadily improve for another ten years.
Now to 2025.
Best with beef, duck & game, lamb