If you are wondering that I have reviewed a few Penfolds’ wines lately, it is not by design, but rather because I get a lot of opportunities to taste them. Their ubiquity in Australia and attendance at all price points means that this is perhaps not an unusual state of affairs. It is probably more unusual that I in fact don’t have any of their wines in my cellar.
Penfolds Kalimna Shiraz in 1996 was sourced from fruit from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Padthaway, and spent 12 months in new and used American oak. I tasted this wine blind, and it presented well. Ruby in colour, it is bright with a medium(+) intensity. The aroma is soft and leafy, with characters of smoke, red currant, oak, cedar wood, cloves and star anise. It is starting to relax. The palate has medium length, body and softening tannins, with some black currants rounding things out. I would suggest this wine is in its drinking prime, or just a little past it. Drink now. 88 points (very good)
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Tasted: April 2012