Originally, this wine came from fruit from the famous Kalimna vineyard, purchased by Penfold’s in 1945. The first vintage was 1959. These days, it is multi-vineyard and indeed, multi-regional – McLaren Vale, Barossa, Wrattonbully and Padthaway. A year in mature American oak hogsheads. Opaque colour, deep purple. At this early stage, this wine seems tighter and more closed than the 128. Black fruits, deeper and more concentrated, more chunky. Some soy sauce notes, truffles, warm earth. Good concentration. A wine looking for a big steak to match it, but be in no hurry – this has ten to fifteen years ahead. Good acidity and length. Real power, firm tannins. Really needs time in the cellar. Curiously, the longer it spent in glass, the more it seemed to go back into its shell. Time needed.
Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz 2019