A strong vintage for warmer-climate shiraz and this wine is certainly reaping the benefits. The nose has such eclectic fruit aromas that run a full spectrum, from the lighter spiced red-fruit aromas to red plums, through blue fruit to darker blackberries and plums. The palate has impressively layered flavors that run the same broad spectrum as seen on the nose and the tannins are so well groomed and run very, very long. Holds fruit flavor deep. Will age very well for 15-plus years. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
94 points, James Suckling (Jul 2020)
While named for a Barossa vineyard/locale, the 2018 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, like other recent vintages, is blended from various South Australian GIs. With its rich, dark-berried fruit accented with vanilla, it does a more-than-credible job re-creating that northern Barossan idiom. It's full-bodied, concentrated and plush without going over the top, finishing long and velvety. While it may not have single-vineyard snob appeal, it's a delicious wine for drinking over the next decade and a relative value.
93 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)
Shows terrific concentration, with dense and chewy tannins providing an appealing backdrop to the blueberry, dried cherry, date and candied ginger flavors. Tobacco, tomato leaf and espresso notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 9,560 cases imported.
93 points, MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator (Aug 2020)
The first Kalimna Shiraz (in '58) was entirely from the Kalimna Vineyard, but the ensuing decades have turned Kalimna into a trademarked gallop around 9 SA regions, the wine matured in used American hogsheads. If you want a friendly labrador wine, this is it.
92 points, James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion (Aug 2020)