Below are first impressions of some of Penfolds’ new release wines.
Penfolds Bin 28 Kalmina Shiraz 2012
Cedar, black fruits, plum and vanilla. Mid weight, acid poked out a little (but a morning tasting), medium length. Somewhere around the “good” mark on my scale. I unexpectedly tasted the 2012, rather than the current release 2013.
Abv: 14.5%, Price: ~$27, Tasted: 2015
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2013
More refined, plum, sweeter shiraz impression. Licorice. Mid range length, fine grained tannins, youthful impression. Much too soon for this wine and probably will age (and improve) over a long period. “Good”, probably more.
Abv: 14.5%, Price: ~$56, Tasted: 2015
Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2012
Plum, leathery savoury note, pepper and spice. Mid weight impression, medium length, plum, plum skins. Moreish almost food friendly impression. Between good and very good on my scale. There’s probably enough here to buy some for the cellar.
Abv: 14.5%, Price: ~$71, Tasted: 2015