In today’s blog I am introducing you to a 91 point wine for under $20.00. This is one that you should put in your wine collection.
The 2014 Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz is a dry, red table wine imported from Australia. The wine is produced by the world-renowned winery Penfolds Wines.
Penfolds was established in 1844 and today produces a number of outstanding wines. Penfolds’ most notable wine is their red wine called Grange. It is produced from the Shiraz grape and is one of the most well-known wines in Australia. The wine is priced on Penfolds’ website at $850.00 per bottle or $10,200 per case – hardly inexpensive. Let us come back to earth after reading those prices and I’ll tell you about the 2014 Bin 28 Shiraz. Let me also mention that the grape we commonly call Syrah in the U.S. and other parts of the New World is called Shiraz in Australia. They are one and the same grape.
Bin 28 Shiraz comes from the Kalimna Vineyard in the northern Barossa area of Southern Australia. There were about 3,000 cases of the wine imported to the U.S. for that vintage. We are fortunate to have some in our market area.
I have tasted some Penfolds wines in the past and learned that most of their younger vintages, like our 2014 bottle, are tight and need cellaring or decanted if you want to drink them early. I decanted the wine for about an hour and a half before I tasted it. I would highly recommend you do the same if you want to drink this wine now.
The wine was deep purple in color and the nose was spicy with fresh berries. On the palate there were soft fruit and hints of licorice and chocolate. The finish was spicy with rounded tannins and a touch of oak. The finish left a pleasant, but very mild, chewiness in your mouth. The finish was of a good length.
This wine could stand at least a year or two of aging and should drink well through 2022. The wine received scores of 91/100 points from Wine Spectator, James Suckling and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
This wine sells nationally at an average price of $29.00 a bottle. I purchased my wine at Chalet Party Shoppe here in the Elkhart, Indiana, market for under $20.00 per bottle. For assistance at Chalet see our good friend and wine expert Stan Minden.
Since we are all wine collectors now (after last week’s blog on wine collecting) I would recommend that you purchase four bottles of the 2014 Penfolds Bin 28. I would further recommend that you try one bottle now (remember to decant the wine for at least one hour, if not two before drinking it). I would then put the other three bottles in with your collection of other wines and let them age for at least another 12 months before drinking. If you can wait that long!!
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