James Suckling 94
A strong vintage for warmer-climate shiraz and this wine is certainly reaping the benefits. The nose has such eclectic fruit aromas that run a full spectrum, from the lighter spiced red-fruit aromas to red plums, through blue fruit to darker blackberries and plums. The palate has impressively layered flavors that run the same broad spectrum as seen on the nose and the tannins are so well groomed and run very, very long. Holds fruit flavor deep. Will age very well for 15-plus years. Drink or hold.
Wine Advocate 93
While named for a Barossa vineyard/locale, the 2018 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, like other recent vintages, is blended from various South Australian GIs. With its rich, dark-berried fruit accented with vanilla, it does a more-than-credible job re-creating that northern Barossan idiom. It's full-bodied, concentrated and plush without going over the top, finishing long and velvety. While it may not have single-vineyard snob appeal, it's a delicious wine for drinking over the next decade and a relative value.
Wine Spectator 93
WS TOP 100 2020 Rank 41
Shows terrific concentration, with dense and chewy tannins providing an appealing backdrop to the blueberry, dried cherry, date and candied ginger flavors. Tobacco, tomato leaf and espresso notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2030.
Wilfred Wong 92
COMMENTARY: The 2018 Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz is packed and firm on the palate. It rounds out nicely in the finish. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers loads of black fruits and oak in its aromas and flavors. Pair it with a juicy, grilled ribeye accented with mild red chiles. (Tasted: August 29, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
Deep dark cherry-red. On the nose, initially there are plummy fruits meshed with sweet spices (predominantly cinnamon), and almond.And then a pause to imbibe the aromatic atmospherics of a patisserie:crme anglaise, cannoli with vanilla custard... and classic bourbon vanilla at that! A croquembouches (profiterole) hazelnut brittle. Grated chocolate both white and dark. Fresh, awakening. A medium-bodied palate. Raspberry/chocolate flavors with a sprinkling of spice and cola.The tannins are integrated and embedded supportive, not standing apart. As for the oak, no obtrusive flavors to speak of, yet all the benefits of a calm maturation is seasoned hogsheads. The acidity is in tune with the wines weight and structure. Rest in bottle for a year or two. Needs time.
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