Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna South Australia Shiraz 2016
96 POINTS HALLIDAY, 95 POINTS HUON HOOKE, 95 POINTS ANDREW CAILLARD "IMPECCABLE"
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- 96 POINTS JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- 95 POINTS HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW
- 95 POINTS ANDREW CAILLARD MASTER OF WINE
- 92 POINTS CAMPBELL MATTINSON THE WINE FRONT
Vibrant, dense plum red, red edges. A black Kalamata olive tapenade as a first impression, beneath an overlay of camphor and tobacco. How to say this politely? Boot polish, bitumen, cola, granite ... darkened style/varietal base notes. Yet blackberry conserve and sour cherry fill the (fruity) treble register. Scents of cut straw/steel cut oats fill any aromatic chord gaps. Full-bodied. Substantial. Framboise des bois (raspberry) with pips/vinegar – coulis or apothecary? Meat? Closest association noted – raw/rare venison. Not to deny the welcomed presence of chocolate torte and mocha flavours.
A “cloaked” continuum of tannins that linger and reverberate with the discipline of a vinous pendulum. Finishes intact with a flourish of dusty graphite (input of oak?) and balanced acidity.
96 Points James Halliday Wine Companion
Striking hue, depth and clarity; the bouquet and palate sing in unison with a rich brocade of black cherry and stitches of cedary French oak (ex 30% new hogsheads) and fine-grained tannins. Its balance and length are impeccable.
95 Points Huon Hooke, The Real Review
Deep, dense red/purple colour leads into a rich, ripe, chocolaty bouquet, which has background blackberry and dark plum notes, as well as hints of graphite and tar. A classic Bin 28, full-bodied, rich, rounded and structured for ageing, although it drinks well already
95 Points Andrew Caillard MW
Medium deep crimson. Classic dark chocolate dark berry aromas with roasted walnut, shellac notes. Lovely fresh inky, mulberry, blackberry fruits, fine looseknit chocolaty tannins, and underlying roasted nut/savoury notes. Finishes chocolaty and long with red liquorice, aniseed nuances. A very stylish “go-to” claret type with all of the hallmarks of the Penfolds house style. Ripe fruit, richness of flavour, concentration and chocolaty textures. Although drinking well, keep for a few years.
92 Points The Wine Front
It’s mandated at Penfolds releases that at some point the word spotless must be employed. Here it is. A spotless impression of plum jam, creamy-vanilla whipped over the top, spice notes thrown in to give the party some variety. This wine takes freshness, the Penfolds house style, big company resources, gut-busting volume and good old fashioned attention-to-detail and somehow spits out the perfect consumer-friendly red wine. This is modern Australia in a bottle, in the way it presents fresh berried fruit, history cuddled within. It’s a pitch perfect Bin 28. It sits on the warmer, boozier, jammier end of what we expect from this label, so be warned, but volume of fruit and that creamy smoothness.
All the major growing regions in South Australia experienced ideal conditions leading into the harvest of 2016. Overall, the season started off cool and dry, with low rainfall. Spring and early summer warmed up considerably resulting in an average growing season with little rainfall. A warm, dry spring was ideal for flowering and fruit-set. Warm conditions prevailed in the early part of the summer allowing vines to grow well with good bunch set. Milder conditions in January allowed for optimal flavour development, with late rain refreshing the vines.
Despite the challenges of a relatively dry season, ripening was even with smaller than average berries. Harvest commenced quickly with shiraz showing great colour and complex flavours.
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar to 2030|
|Bottle Top:||Foil Over Cork|
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