Penfolds, Bin 170 Kalmina Block 3C, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia 2010
"...absolutely "wows" with intense creme de cassis and mocha aromas that are quite meaty and nutty plus accented by some earthy undertones, hints of baking spices, mint and touches of violets." eRobertParker.com
|Grape Blend||Shiraz 100%|
Penfolds Block 3C Kalimna Bin 170 Shiraz, 2010 was purchased in its original wooden case and commemorates 170 years of Penfolds. This fine red wine was crafted from vines of around 100 years old, in particular the Kalimna 3C clone, which is a block that almost always makes it into Grange.
The origins of the Penfolds estate are set firmly in the medical sphere, and its reputation built up over the course of the 19th century based on the production of wines which were prescribed to patients by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold who had settled in South Australia from Brighton in 1844. From the 1940s onwards the focus shifted in favour of producing table wines, and in 1951 the legendary chief winemaker Max Schubert began experimenting with the idea of making a long-lived red wine called Grange. The rest, as they say, is history.
"...absolutely "wows with intense crème de cassis and mocha aromas that are quite meaty and nutty plus accented by some earthy undertones, hints of baking spices, mint and touches of violets. Very concentrated and complex on the medium to full-bodied palate, the firm, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acid lend support to the very rich, long and layered finish." robertparker.com
"Heady floral, spicy aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola and mocha, with notes of licorice and vanilla adding depth. Sappy, palate-coating dark fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors show an alluring sweetness and seamless texture, gaining weight as well as energy and smokiness with air. Sweet and lively for its sheer mass, with a wallop of sweet oak and blue fruits dominating the wonderfully long, youthfully tannic finish. Not much of this to go around..." Josh Raynolds