Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz has a dense core and purple rim. On the nose, red fruits, and only a skerrick of detectable oak. At first, wafts of a "deconstructed" sweet mince tart, dates and prunes. Later, higher notes of brulee/bread and butter pudding, cinnamon. Throughout there is a staggered scented release of musk, bay-leaf and tobacco. Quite the aromatic chromatogram! On the palate, raspberry and black fruits are abound. Chocolate, black licorice, and surprisingly nuances of (cold) oyster sauce as well. The tannins are sleek, belying the wine's textural plushness. There is well-integrated, seasoned oak - balanced.
Australian Wine Companion - "Full purple-crimson; rich, textured and full-bodied, with plum, blackberry and vanilla threaded throughout the multilayered palate, with its hallmark soft tannins."
Wine Spectator - "Crisp and focused, this jazzy wine displays layers of cherry, raspberry, rose petal and dried tomato flavors, lingering on the refined finish. Shows presence and elegance. Drink now through 2019."
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque ruby. Oak-spiced aromas of cherry and cassis, with smoke and licorice accents gaining strength with air. Offers intense dark fruit flavors and shows a gently chewy quality, picking up a dark chocolate nuance in the glass. Dusty tannins add grip to a long, smoky and appealingly sweet finish. This wine drinks nicely now but also has a solid track record for aging; I suspect that this will reach its peak in about ten more years and hold that level for some time."
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Penfolds Wines Winery
Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then, a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. Under the direction of master winemaker, Peter Gago, Penfolds is now found in every major wine market in the country. Extraordinary wines such as Block 42 and Bin 60A have also been released during his tenure. Penfolds wines are now widely celebrated for their diversity and quality across many price-points. The strength of Penfolds is that the wine comes first. Penfolds' range of table wines is utterly Australian, evoking a generosity of spirit and the beauty of the Australian landscape.
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Light & Fruity
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