Penfolds Kalimna Shiraz Bin 28 1998

90 points

Barossa Valley, South Australia. 14%

Rather distinctive Penfolds warm climate red with that greasepaint aroma of added acid mixing with dense Shiraz fruit and American oak.

Concentrated and very age worthy considering the price, especially what this sold for back when this was on retail shelves.

A ripe firm, quite powerful vintage. Penfolds did well in 1998.

Drink now but it will continue to improve for at least another 5 years.

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3 thoughts on “Penfolds Kalimna Shiraz Bin 28 1998

  1. Byron, I’m curious you attribute the greasepaint aroma to added acidity. I don’t have any theories of my own of what causes the (at times quite pleasant) greasepaint characteristic, and wonder what evidence or experience you base this attribution on?

  2. I think it’s more than the added acidity, it’s some combination of ripe and very concentrated warm climate shiraz, with added acid and American oak. More commercial Australian shiraz which have far less concentrated fruit, added acid and a lick of sweet American oak don’t show this character. Nor do cool climate wines, which also usually use French oak. So I’m not entirely sure, but the Penfolds upper range of reds certainly have it.

  3. Pingback: Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 1998 « Wine Reviews & Comments

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