95 Points, Australian Wine Companion - This is the mother of the Bin range, first made in '59 from shiraz largely ex Penfolds Kalimna Vineyard. Kalimna is now a registered trademark, the wine coming from vineyards spread across SA. It spent 12 months in American oak, but it is all about the saturated black fruits and black licorice at the steering wheel of this multilayered, full-bodied shiraz, its future still in front of it.
91 Points, Wine Advocate - Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Shiraz Kalimna Bin 28 is open for business with a gorgeous nose yielding tons of spice box and berry preserves notes, plus suggestions of licorice and chocolate box. It is soft and supple on entry in the mouth with rounded tannins, rich fruit and a long, spicy finish.
91 Points, Wine Spectator - Notes of fresh clay, black tea, rosemary, mineral and black licorice expand on the finish. The tannins are dense and thick, providing a chewy background for all the flavors.
Purple color with a darkened core. An initial impact of high-toned dark notes on the nose - a Shiraz tarriness, black-bean sauce. Following, a tussle between the spice jar's anise and ginger... and the blender's coffee-grind and mocha. Minutes later, without as much as the provocation of a swirl of the glass, the aromatic ascent of pan scrapings, a rich jus and smokey meats.
Bright on the palate. Volume, generous in every sense. A purple fruit spectrum unfolds - a fresh assortment of plums and dark berries - many varieties of both. What may appear to be a soft, smooth Haighs Chocolate-like mouth-coating to some… is a roasted eggplant texture/creaminess to others! Tannins - soft and even, texture - almost velvety/suede. Yet, still tarry!