A trial run, but everyone is welcomed and encouraged to join in!
Palate Callibration is a more precise version of the Open Mike concept. We aim to get the same wine in the same vintage and drink it at roughly the same time. In doing so we can compare how we view a wine and indeed our use of descriptive words (something that isn't always intuitive, or in fact easy). I understand our illustrious leader (that's Robin
) was the instigator of this practice back in the days where he used to run around in short trousers (aka short pants).
For this trial run, we aimed for a wine that has a wide distribution and is typical of both it's producer and of it's region. It's a wine with a track record for cellaring, so to a degree we're committing vinfanticide, but hopefully it will show well in it's youth (as it often does).
The wine is Penfolds Bin 28 from the 2003 vintage, which should be the current vintage in most locations. If you can't see the 2003 vintage, but want to join in, we have at least one person who's only got access to a 2002, so if you have a 2002 vintage (but no 2003) then crack that instead.
The wine is subtitled Kalimna, which is one of Penfolds best vineyard resources. When the wine was first released in 1962, it was sourced solely from this vineyard. Over time, other fruit was included and these days it's not certain whether any Kalimna vineyard fruit goes into the wine. Some may think this odd (a bit like a Barolo La Morra containing no fruit from La Morra), however there's no law against it in Australia and this is far from the only example. For those that want to taste a wine made from the Kalimna vineyard grapes, either source an older bottle, or look out for the very expensive special bin bottlings from Penfolds.
For me Bin 28 is a great cellarbuilder (i.e. it's not massively expensive, but will mature well in the cellar).
So there it is. I'm, planning to crack open my bottle either friday or saturday, but also to leave enough for a retaste on sunday, where if there's interest we can close the discussion during the sunday chat. Open yours whenever you like over the weekend and post a tasting note, an opinion and any other discussion related to this wine under this thread
I've also included further information below (sourced from Penfolds Web site) as well as a link to even more info on their site.
Hope you have fun with this!
Penfolds Bin 28 (all from Penfolds web site)
Penfolds Bin 28 is a showcase for warm-climate Australian Shiraz - ripe, robust and generously flavoured without reliance on new oak or excessive alcohol. First made in 1962, Bin 28 is named after the famous Barossa Valley Kalimna vineyard purchased by
Penfolds in 1945 and from which the wine was originally sourced.
Today, Bin 28 is a multi-region, multi-vineyard blend that shows very clear, ripe fruit definition when young, with plenty of concentration and fruit sweetness, and minimal oak influence.
2003 Vintage of this wine
Vineyard region: Mclaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Barossa Valley.
Vintage Conditions: The 2003 growing season in South Australia was generally regarded as warm, starting with a dry winter and a warm, clear spring. This was followed by some episodes of heat through the summer, whilst cooler weather towards the end of the season relieved the vines in the run up to harvest.
Grape Variety: Shiraz (Syrah)
Maturation: This wine was matured for 12 months in older american oak hogsheads.
peak drinking 2007 – 2013
Food Matches: ideally suited to Beef, Duck & game, lamb
Further History (including older vintages info)
http://www.penfolds.com.au/library/rewa ... shiraz.pdf