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    6
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now - 2045
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb

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In 1973, Penfolds crafted an experimental Bin 170 sourced entirely from the nineteenth-century Kalimna Vineyard in the Barossa Valley. 100% Shiraz, all of the grapes were picked from Block 3C – a venerated parcel that is often included in the Grange blend. In 2010, the Penfolds winemakers kept Block 3C separate, realising they had the potential to re-create a Penfolds classic. 

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In '73 a then once-only shiraz was made from Block 3C of the Kalimna Vineyard, a block often included in Grange. Early in its fermentation in '10, it became clear this was to become an utterly exceptional wine, and a hasty decision to complete its fermentation in French (not American) oak was taken, rewarded by this glorious shiraz after spending 16 months in 55% new hogsheads. The aromas are hyper-fragrant, the silk and velvet palate of extreme length and finesse, with waves of fruit and oak flavour.

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Commemorating 170 years of Penfolds and made with grapes from vines around 100 years old, in particular the Kalimna 3C clone, which is a block that almost always makes it into Grange, the deep purple-black colored 2010 Bin 170 Shiraz Kalimna Vineyard Block 3C 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. 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. Drink it now to 2025+.

  • 98p

Deep crimson to purple. Fresh, elemental and powerful blueberry, blackberry aromas with star anise, herb notes. Massively concentrated with saturated blackberry, mulberry, blueberry fruit, lifted liquorice notes, underlying ginger spice, new oak and velvety, perfectly ripe tannins. An extraordinarily plush wine with remarkable percussion and energy. Finishes smooth and chocolatey. All the elements are in harmony, but this will take years to develop. A wonderful wine from a great Barossa Valley vintage.

The fruit is sourced entirely from the Kalimna Vineyard’s Block 3C.

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Magill, South Australia

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