PENFOLDS “Bin 28 Kalimna” Shiraz 2016 

(South Australia, Australia) $27

In 1951, Australia’s most famous shiraz—Penfolds Grange—was born. (The current release costs $850). Then in 1959, just eight years after Grange was created, Penfolds released this wine—Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz. It was as humble as Grange was exalted. And it’s still a humble wine—one that’s absolutely packed with deliciousness. I love the sleekness and precision of Bin 28 (no fat furriness here), and the way the wine dances on the palate with a peppery spiciness. Refreshingly, no new oak is used. The Bin 28 is aged in older hogshead barrels (larger than standard barriques).  This is a roast chicken kind of wine, and will give the same kind of glad-to-be-home pleasure. (14.5% abv)

89 points KM

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