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Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious.. Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»
Established 1973, Woodlands of Wilyabrup were one of the first vineyards in Margaret River, planted with a view to emulating the great growths of Bordeaux. Recipients of the highly prestigious Jack Mann Memorial Medal and Wine Industry Lifetime Achievement Award for their tremendous vintages of all things Cabernet. Assembling the rich Medoc style blends are what Woodlands do best. Painstakingly crafted by hand, to challenge the primacy of the illustrious Chateaux de la rive gauche, very few vineyards yield the quality of fruit that merits vintaging into a statuesque wine dominated by the prettily fragrant Cabernet Franc. Woodlands were established from the.. The complex bordeaux blend by one of margaret river's founding wineries»
An ongoing resurrection of some fabulous old vines, a distinguished Blewitt Springs site and a range of the most spectacular McLaren Vale wines. When Kelly and Bondar acquired Rayner Vineyard in 2013, they knew that everything depended on the management of site and soil to achieve the excellence of wine they had in mind. The most fastidious husbanding regimens and a tightly scheduled evolution towards organic viticulture, the propitious Rayner vines have never yielded finer harvests, all translating into a tour de force across the entire Bondar range. Salient quality and penurious pricing make for a compelling mix. Old vines grown to salubrious soils, the.. Model mclaren macerations»
The Australian winemaking industry is grateful to Leontine O'Shea, instrumental in the establishment of Mount Pleasant wines, she sent her son Maurice to France for an education in viticulture right at the outbreak of World War I, gifting him his first Hunter Valley vineyard in 1921. Mount Pleasant are now custodians of some grand old sites, a canon of small, elite blocks of vine that yield a precious range of icon wines, which represent peerless value and readily disappear before release of the following vintage... The legacy of grand old hunter valley vineyards»

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz South Australia
Bin 28 is back! Not that it ever went away, just in case anyone was wondering, but it's always worth a wait. Kalimna 28 is a showcase for warm climate Australian Shiraz, ripe, robust and generously flavoured, rich and cakey, without reliance on new oak or any excessive alcohol. Barossa Valley provides a substantial proportion of fruit, it is also home of the eminent Kalimna Vineyard, whence Bin 28 acquires its moniker. An enduring ambassador of the timeless and profound Australian Shiraz style, showing all elements in complete resonance.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$311.50
A pure Shiraz, multi vineyard, poly-district blend, with a long history of memorable releases. Introduced as one of the first Penfolds Bin wines, Kalimna 28 has become an Australian classic. Indeed this style enjoys universal appeal because of its intensity, definition and fruit, ripe fleshy palate structure and generosity of flavour. A selection of grapes is picked off healthy vines, yielding the requisite quality of fruit, showing optimal flavour, typicity and vibrancy, grown to superior vineyards in Wrattonbully and McLaren Vale, Upper Adelaide and Barossa, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. Following vinification and asssemblage, Bin 28 is treated to thirteen months in a selection of prior use American oak hogsheads.
Dense plum red. Currant and glacéed fruit, cherries, almonds and musk. Even and balanced across the palate, freshness and juiciness over soft supportive tannins, mousse textured, milk chocolate/cannoli custard flavours, chocolate milkshake sans malt. Berried fruits, assorted spices, positively, intriguingly. Understated, an elegant expression of Bin 28, yet with stature, the complete armament of Bin 28 DNA.
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